How Bad is Soda for You?

Sarah Chillag, Sami Montemayor, Bridjet Zemlak

Effects of Soda

-causes obesity/diabetes

-tooth decay and cavities

-increase in cholesterol

-raised blood glucose levels

-heart and kidney problems

-muscle loss

-accelerated aging

-boost stroke risk

According to Harvard researchers, soda doesn’t only increase weight gain, it also raises the risk for diabetes. Along with all of the calories sodas have, theres also a huge amount of absorbable sugars. Thus contributing to obesity and the increase of diabetes risk, just one soda a day can increase these chances by 82%. Sodas and other energy drinks contain a numerous amount of sugar.

“If everything else in their diet is equal, a person who has a can of Coke a day adds an extra 14.5 pounds per year, just from the calories alone.”

The amount of soft drinks consumed in the United States has increased 300% in the past 20 years.

A standard soft drink serving size has jumped from 6.5 ounces in the 1950s to 20 ounces or more in the 1990s.

Each 12-ounce sugared soda consumed increases a child's risk of obesity by 60%.

Women in a study who drank at least one sugar-sweetened soda a day were 85 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those who drank fewer sodas.

The Effect of Soda on Your Body

Why Diet Soda is NOT the Answer

-although it will save you the calories in the short term, it doesn't necessarily prevent obesity and related health problems

-causes heart disease, obesity, and even cancer

-twice the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, linked to cardiovascular disease

-makes you hungrier (throws off the body's ability to know how many calories it needs)

"Coke, Pepsi and all other pops will be known as the cigarettes of the future. Colas are NOT a substitute for water. They are just another cheap drug made to look great by advertising"

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