Jan 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Many Risks of Drinking Soda

Most Americans have known for a long time that drinking soda isn’t a good idea.  It’s probably not good for our health, but finding conclusive evidence has been challenging… until now.  A review of recent scientific research reveals the following:

  • Carbonated (sucrose sweetened soft drinks) beverages lead to dramatic increases in liver fat, skeletal fat and triglyceride blood fats.  It also leads to increased cholesterol.  (Rodale Report American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) The study focused on non-diet soda.  Total body fat remained the same for all subjects in the study; however, “…those who drank the regular cola experienced a 132 to 142 percent increase in liver fat, a 117 to 221 percent jump in skeletal fat, and about a 30 percent increase in both triglyceride blood fats and other organic fat. The regular soda-drinking group also experienced an 11 percent increase in cholesterol, compared to the people who drank beverages.” (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition)
  • In a longitudinal study in San Antonio (University of Texas Health Sciences Center), “Diet soft drink users, as a group, experienced 70 percent greater increases in waist circumference compared with non-users. Frequent users, who said they consumed two or more diet sodas a day, experienced waist circumference increases that were 500 percent greater than those of non-users.” (UTHealth Science Center)
  • Diet soda is now directly linked to Type 2 Diabetes.  “Abdominal fat is a major risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and other chronic conditions. ‘These results suggest that, amidst the national drive to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, policies that would promote the consumption of diet soft drinks may have unintended deleterious effects,’ the authors wrote.”  (Co-authors Sharon P. Fowler, M.P.H., faculty associate, and Ken Williams, M.S., P.Stat., adjunct assistant professor and biostatistician, in the Division of Clinical Epidemiology; UTHealth Science Center)

The bottom line?  Water is a better choice to quench your thirst than any soda, diet or otherwise.

The University of Health Science Center (San Antonio) study is a major research project extending over the past two decades, focusing on issues of aging.  SCJ anticipates being able to refer to this important research again in the future.


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