Because most people, even those who drink a lot of soda, know that it is bad for you, it may seem unnecessary to write about the latest findings. I have written before about the dangers of this popular drink, and how to stop drinking soda, but I fell it is important to periodically bring this topic back to the top of the blog. So in the hope that this may help someone reduce or stop their soda consumption, here is another bit of evidence in the case against drinking this unhealthy beverage.
Researchers wondered if the high per capita soda consumption might be a factor in a specific disorder known as metabolic syndrome. People with this condition have all or most of the several risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. These include high levels of cholesterol, sugar and fat in the blood.
What they found was that people who drank soda on a regular basis, even only one can per day, had almost twice the incidence of metabolic syndrome as people who did not consume soda at these rates. The soda drinkers also had a much higher rate of several other health risk factors, including obesity.
One surprising finding was that whether the soda was regular or sugar-free did not matter. This points to two possibilities. First, maybe the artificial sweetener in diet soda has a similar effect on people’s cravings. High sweetness levels may condition people to eat other high fat and sugar foods. Another possibility, and the one I think may be the most likely culprit, is that people who regularly drink soda have a less healthy diet overall, hence their higher levels of disease.
This last theory makes perfect sense to me. If you are a person who has made a choice not to drink soda, it is very likely that you have also made other healthy diet and lifestyle choices. So as has been said many times before, if you regularly drink soda, drastically reduce or stop your consumption. Soda is definitely one of those things where none is best.
Now I just wonder about the health effects of all those “energy” drinks that have become so popular.