Check out the side effects of our favorite soft drinks.

Check out the side effects of our favorite soft drinks.

Ditch Colas and Other Soft Drinks

Monday, February 6, 2012 4:42 PM

By Sylvia Booth Hubbar


If you love soft drinks but have switched to diet versions
because of health fears, well, put down that diet drink — now! A new study found
that a single can of diet soda a day increases the risk of heart disease by 43
percent and can cause liver damage similar to that seen in alcoholics.

It’s obvious that as a nation, we are addicted to soft
drinks. Consumption is approaching a quart each day for every man, woman, and
child, according to the National Soft Drink Association. And it’s taking a
tremendous toll on our health. The most obvious effect, in the opinion of many
experts, is the soaring rate of obesity.

The latest research, conducted the University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center, is only the
latest in a long string of studies showing that carbonated soft drinks — both
sugar-sweetened and sugar-free — are ruining our health.

Health problems linked to soft drinks include:

• Obesity. Researchers at the University of Texas Health
Science Center found that every can or bottle of soft drink a person drinks each
day increases their risk of being overweight by 41 percent. Children are at
special risk: A British study found that if fructose is present in a child’s
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