Consequences of drinking soda in excess

In the late 19th and early to mid 20th centuries, soft drinks were the all-powerful drink. Millions of people drink soda every day, and as the famous Coca-Cola grew in popularity, more and more soda brands began to appear on store shelves.

However, when research began to emerge into the negative health effects of sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages, the soda went from praise to condemnation in a matter of months.

While soda can certainly be tasty and refreshing, it is definitely worth knowing what exactly is in a soda can and how those ingredients affect your health.

Since there are so many brands and types of soft drinks on the market, we chose one of the most popular and well-known types of soft drinks to detail in this article.

The following information on soda nutrition facts is for Coca-Cola, but by following the nutrition facts, you will learn about soda varieties and the effects of soda on overall health.

Soft Drink Nutrition Facts

This nutritional information for a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Soft Drink Nutrition Facts
Calories: 140
Fat: 0g
Sodium: 43.2 g
Carbohydrates: 39g
Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 39g
Protein: 0g


Adverse effects

Today it is common knowledge that soft drinks are not good for your health. Drinking soda, especially conventional ones with tons of sugar, has been linked to several health complications, including chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and obesity. Here are some of the negative effects of soda on your health.

Type 2 diabetes

Sugary drinks, such as soda, have been linked to type 2 diabetes. Researchers believe that soda contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes due to its high sugar content, which can lead to insulin resistance. Soda can also cause blood sugar spikes, which can be harmful over time when they occur repeatedly.

Weight gain

Numerous research studies have suggested a link between sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain. For example, a meta-analysis found a strong connection between sugary drinks and weight gain in children and adolescents, although the study authors note that the link remains controversial due to differences between research studies.

Other research points to weight gain and high fructose corn syrup, which is the most common form of sugar found in soda.

Sugary drinks generally don't make people feel full or satiated, so people tend to consume sodas in addition to their other calories, which can lead to a caloric surplus on soda days.

Sugary drinks have also been associated with increased abdominal fat and waist circumference, indicating an increased risk of excess visceral fat. Visceral fat affects the abdominal organs and has been associated with numerous health complications.

Heart disease

Sugar intake has been linked to heart disease since the mid-20th century. That hasn't changed: More recent research confirms the link between excessive sugar consumption and various forms of heart disease and risk factors for heart disease, including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides.

Fatty liver disease

Some research shows that regular consumption and diet soda can increase the risk of fatty liver disease, showing that something different from the traditional risk factors of sugar and calorie consumption is contributing to this scenario.

However, other research has found that only sugary drinks, not their diet version, contribute to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.


Animal studies have shown that sugar can be physically addictive, and other research speculates whether sugar can also be addictive in humans, referring to the same neurochemical pathways linked to drug addiction. If you just can't give up your daily Coke, that could be the reason.

We hope you enjoy watching this video about the negative health impacts of drinking soda

Source: CBS This Mornin


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