The bad news just keeps rolling in when it comes to soda and health problems. Very few claims have ever been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt but the connections and correlations between soda consumption and major illnesses like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and obesity are getting to be ridiculously hard to ignore. Even if you’re skeptical about the validity of some of the individual studies there’s really no doubt that soda isn’t exactly good for you and honestly, is anything on this list really worth the risk of getting?
- Soda, both regular and diet, contributes to the development of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other major health problems including metabolic syndrome and kidney damage.
- The caramel coloring added to colas might cause cancer.
- High levels of dietary phosphorous (it’s added to a variety of processed foods including meat, baked goods, and soft drinks to improve texture and durability) have been linked to an increased risk for skin cancer.
- Drinking 1 soda per day can increase your risk of having a stroke, heart attack, or other cardiovascular emergency by as much as 61%.
- Drinking 2 sodas per week has been linked to an increased risk for pancreatic cancer.
- Soda offers no nutritional benefits and often takes the place of healthy drinks like water, tea, and milk, resulting in nutritional deficiencies.
- Regular consumption of cola beverages may cause decreased bone density.
- Sodium benzoate, a common preservative found in soda and other fizzy drinks, has the ability to mess with your DNA.
- High fructose corn syrup has been linked to obesity, kidney damage, fatty liver disease, and metabolic disorders.
- Artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancer, migraines, mood changes, and increased hunger and cravings, plus all kinds of other health problems including a build-up of formaldehyde in the brain.
It’s hard to kick a soda habit cold turkey but setting a goal to cut back is probably a good idea!