How Soft Drinks Can Impact Your Health

By Mel Thomassian (RD)

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If you can’t quite imagine your day without a soda or two, it’s definitely time to think again.

Unless, that is, you don’t care much about your body, and the long-term effects soft drinks can have on your well-being.

Take a look at some of the harmful effects of soda consumption over time:(Click on the image to see a larger version)

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It’s certainly something to think about, but do these harmful effects put you off drinking soft drinks?

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56 Comments

  1. Ravish Sharma

    Both soda and soft drinks are harmful for health.Soda increases sugar level and the amount of phosphoric acid in our body.They contain artificial sweeteners also.

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  2. Rinn

    There is actually no scientific proof that BPA is harmful, and by phasing it out of important goods like resins, we are actually exposing ourselves to new and more ”unknown” materials. I was sad to see France pass an anti-BPA law this year because of pressure from the media scaring people with ignorance rather than sticking to the facts. Source: I am a chemist at a coatings company.

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  3. Pegleg Ed

    At least some of this is clear nonsense.
    One example: This says that my risk of obesity goes up by 60% (1.6 times) for every soda I drink. Say I drink just 1 soda a month. In just one year, this means I’d be 280 times more likely to be obese. After 2 years, that number is 80,000 times more likely to be obese; in 5, I’d be almost 2 trillion times more likely to be obese. BULL.

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    • Ted Kallmyer

      You are distorting the statistic, that’s not what it means at all.

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  4. Steve

    If you think this is bad, you should see what regular use of soy products does. Increases female hormone production, aggravates gout, and suppresses the immune development of infants.

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  5. Me

    Automated sell-check? More like spell-wreck.

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  6. Me

    It’s certainly something to think about, but do these harmful effects put you off drinking soft drinks?

    A: not at all. Yes [diet] soda is bad for you but it isn’t as deadly or as evil as they want them to seem. Fat people want it easy and, in some cases, drink diet sodas as a sacrifice and then indulge even more. I have been drinking diet soda ever since I wanted to lose weight- that was 5 years ago. I dropped the pounds as I continued to do some research on how to lose weight and managed to cut 80lbs in I a year or so. Anyways I’m going to save this story for another occasion… To sum it, I lost wieght and kept it off. Now I am trying to eat healthy and gain some more muscle mass. Diet soda won’t make you obese And in my opinion it can help you with losing weight. I decided to stop taking diet sodas (or any kind) because I was drinking them on a daily basis and I’m just 19 but I won’t be forever. Went 40 days straight without them and now I plan to take them only in special occasions and not like water.

    Diet sodas alone won’t make you fat. You’ll make you fat by what you eat and the amount of physical activity in your lifestyle. Weight loss isn’t easy and they are way to many variables to consider. Just take a shot and do what works for you. (now, what this topic all about?)

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  7. trh

    Soda’s also will aggravate gout. My husband use to drink them constantly and is trying to get rid of them.They can also lead to urinary tract infections since they affect your kidneys.These sodas serve no purpose except to fill us with unhealthy things that cause unhealthy responses.

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  8. Dermatologist

    It has been experimentally proved that soft drinks are one of the prominent reasons for obesity.
    Studies also say that soft drinks increase the risk of tooth decay.

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  9. sugarfree

    instead of the deadly deadly soda try a lime mixed with sparkling water…
    if you must add a little sugar, but it really is best to cut out refined sugar whenever possible.

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    • Maurice Lampl

      How about a little Splenda??? Better’n sugar.

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  10. sugarfree

    instead of the deadly deadly soda try a lime mixed with sparkling water…
    if you must add a little sugar, but it really is best to cut out refined sugar whenever possible.

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  11. ps

    The funny thing is, buying anything “unsweetened” is nearly impossible these days. Overseas it’s no problem getting straight tea in a bottle or can. Everything you see in stores here is loaded with HFCS, courtesy of the “red states” in the midwest who are more than happy to feed in the federal trough.

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  12. Ria

    When I was pregnant, I used to drink softdrinks mainly because it helped me burp and ease gas pains. Softdrinks are ok as long as you don’t drink it all the time. Maybe as a treat once or twice a month.

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  13. Lana

    I don’t think the asthma and soda connection is that far off. I just pulled this up http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8952792 Sodium Benzoate a common ingredient in sodas can exacerbate asthma.

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  14. Lana

    Why not do a literature search using pubmed for peer reviewed journals? instead of sourcing sites published by Coca-Cola, and the “Calorie Control Council” a group “representing the low-calorie and reduced-fat food and beverage industry. Today it represents 60 manufacturers and suppliers of low-calorie, low-fat and light foods and beverages, including the manufacturers and suppliers of more than a dozen different dietary sweeteners, fat replacers and other low-calorie ingredients.” Sounds fishy to me!

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