rushes and caffeine highs
followed by a depressing energy crash are
what happens to your body if you drink a soda right now
plenty of Blisstree readers actually seem to be okay with that.
Some of you think it’s alarmist to compare a caffeine and sugar
rush to doing drugs, and some just don’t really care about the
slump they’ll find themselves in after drinking 39 grams of sugar,
but what makes us really worried about a soda-slurping habit is
what happens over the long term.
Here’s a quick snapshot of you, in a few years, after drinking
soda on a regular basis:
You’ll Be Fatter: According to research in the
Nurse’s Health Study,
which monitored the health of 90,000 women for eight years,
drinking a single soda every day of the week added 10 pounds over a
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You’ll Probably Have Diabetes: In the Nurses’
Health Study, women who said they drank one or more servings a day
of a sugar-sweetened soft drink or fruit punch were
twice as likely to have developed type 2 diabetes during the
study than those who rarely consumed these beverages.
You’re Much More Likely to Develop Heart
Disease: According to a study
published in 2007 in Circulation, the journal of the
American Heart Association, subjects who drank a soda every day
over a four-year period had a 25% chance of developing high blood
sugar levels and a 32% greater chance of developing lower “good”
cholesterol levels. The Nurses’ Health Study found that women who
drank more than two sugary beverages per day had a 40% higher risk
of heart attacks or death from heart disease than women who rarely
drank sugary beverages.
You’re Probably Also Less Healthy In Other
Ways: Several studies, including the 2007 study published
in Circulation, suggest that diet sodas have some of the
same effects on health as regular sodas, despite having none or
very little of the sugar. Why? Drinking soda is typically part of
an overall lifestyle that’s not very healthy: We know you don’t
like us to compare drinking caffeine and sugar to substance abuse,
but when it comes to your lifestyle, some think that soda is just
like a gateway drug.