From The Active Times
High calorie counts, insane amounts of added sugar, and unnatural additives. We all know soda is by no means healthy. It has become a major focus in the media and public health policies for good reason. America is faced with a grave issue, obesity. According to the CDC, close to 35% of U.S. adults are obese, and studies suggest, soda may play a large role in that frightening number.
Have you looked at the back of a soda can lately? Half of the ingredients are unpronounceable and the calorie count, unbearable. And diet soda? Even worse. Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have found that older adults who drink soda daily have a 44 percent higher chance of heart attack.
Numerous studies and evidence prove that soft drinks are connected to far too many life threatening diseases. And along with these diseases come shorter life spans. But, the empty shelves at bodegas, and blinking red ‘sold out’ scroll on vending machines are small proofs that soda is still the beverage choice for millions of people. So, here we’ve compiled a list of the 8 reasons you NEED to stop drinking soda, because as science proves, it may actually be killing you.
A new study by researchers at the University of California has determined that soda is actually shortening your life by 4.6 years. The study looks at the sugary drink outside of it’s known relationship with obesity and found that it actually ages your cells. The findings reported in American Journal of Public Health show telomeres, or the protective units of DNA, were much in white blood cells of people who drink more soda. This type of health issue has been found to develop diseases associated to aging including heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancer types.
Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
A study published in Diabetes Care found that aside from additional weight gain, regularly drinking soda increases a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 26% more than those who drink soda more sparingly. This risk was found to develop in those often drinking 1-2 servings of soda a day.
Higher Risk of Gout
Over the course of 22 years, one study, published in JAMA, found that sugar-sweetened soda was associated with an increasing risk of gout in women. In the 80,000 women study it found that those who drank soda had a 75% higher risk than those who rarely drank.
Higher Risk of a Heart Attack
A 2012 study published in Circulation found that drinking soda increases your risk of heart disease. In the men studied, there was a high increased risk of CHD (coronary heart disease) and adverse changes in inflammatory factors, lipids, and leptin. The study found that those who had an average of one can of soda a day were 20% more likely to have a heart attack or die from a heart attack.
Last year, an article in Obesity Review discussed the fact that sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are the single largest source of added sugar in diets in the U.S. With two out of three adults obese in the U.S., cutting down on sodas could dramatically change our health issues.
Can Cause Nerve Disorders
Researches have found that there is a very dangerous chemical in certain sodas, such as Mountain Dew. The ingredient, brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is an industrial chemical used as flame retardant in plastics. The chemical has been associated with memory loss and nerve disorders if consumed in high quantities.
Changes Your Metabolism
One study published in the European Journal of Nutrition tracked the daily intake of healthy men and women as they drank a Super Gulp of soda each day. After four weeks, researchers found that the participants’ metabolisms had completely changed, and it was more difficult for them to lose weight or burn fat.
All the Crazy Chemicals
Many studies have found crazy chemicals in soda such as 4-methylimidazole in the brown coloring. This chemical has proven to make animals sick and in sodas are in higher levels than legally allowed without a warning label. BPA has also been found to keep acids from reacting to the metal of cans, and BPA has been found to interfere with hormones.