How Many Sodas Before You Are On the Fast Track?

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The fast track to diabetes, that is. We all know that drinking soda isn’t good for you, but you really have no idea. Honestly, most people think their little afternoon soda isn’t such as big deal; it’s only one little soda, right?

When we tell you about that one little soda, you will definitely see things in a different light.

You already know that high fructose corn syrup and sugar can seriously damage your health, but did you know that processed foods are a big source of both? Adding those on top of sodas is a true double whammy, but sodas are by far the worst offenders.

Cambridge University looked at the diets of 25,000 subjects for a period of 11 years. The scientists there found that for every 5 percent increase in calories from sodas, the subject’s risk of developing diabetes increased by a whopping 18 percent! We aren’t talking about each soda that you ingest, but for every 5 percent increase in calories that you consume from sodas. So if you normally consume 2000 calories each day, this means that for every 100 extra calories you take in drinking sodas, you increase your risk of developing diabetes by 18 percent. Wow.

All you need is 100 calories of soda to increase your risk 25 percent. When you consider that one can of Coke contains 140 calories, which is about 1.5 times the amount you need to increase your risk of diabetes, it becomes really clear how drinking just one little soda every afternoon can have a dramatic impact on your health.

Now imagine having a couple of sodas each day.

The lead author of this study, Dr. Nita Forouhi, wondered what would happen if they substituted those sodas for plain water. What did they find?

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  • The reality is no single food, beverage or ingredient is a unique contributor to Type 2 diabetes, and it’s wholly misleading to suggest so. Rather, all calories count and balancing intake with physical activity is key. The nation’s leading authorities on diabetes treatment and prevention advocate such a holistic approach, saying millions of people can avoid or delay Type 2 diabetes by losing weight through diet and exercise. With a greater understanding of this important balance through
    education, people can make informed choices and integrate beverages into a healthy, active life.
    -American Beverage Association

  • Marvin Zinn

    I am glad I never have to worry about these things. I did try some soda as a teenager, but immediately thought it was horrible, and never tired any again. Later I learned the danger of it, along with other junk. I never eat any! God made everything perfect; any change is a defect.

    As for weight, mine only changed five pounds in 50 years, and that loss was from a cracked skull with 7 weeks coma. Maybe my brain leaked out and never returned. That was about six years ago, the third time out of four when doctors expected me dead.