Most of us know by now that soda is bad for us. But just how bad it is may surprise you. Regular soda contains tons of sugar (a 12-ounce soda has about 31.8 grams which is equal to 10 teaspoons of sugar), but that doesn’t mean that the diet varieties are any better for you. It doesn’t stop at the sugar, though. They all have a list of scary ingredients and side effects. Here are some disturbing facts about soda.
In a recent article from the American Journal of Public Health, Cindy Leung and Elissa Epel explain that just one can of soda a day contributes to “shorter telomeres (DNA that protects chromosomes) in … white blood cells.” What does that mean for our health? Well, shorter telomeres are “associated with age-related diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.” No thanks, I think we’d like to keep our DNA just the way it is!
What else is hiding in that unassuming can of cola besides a ton of sugar and high fructose corn syrup?
What are some of the nasty side effects associated with soda?
So the next time that you go to grab for a soda, make the smart, healthy choice and opt for some water or a natural juice instead.
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