Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What does soda do to our bodies?

Dr. Joseph Mercola featured a video on his website Sunday that does a great job of explaining what happens to us when we drink soda pop:

Mercola then offers significant--and significantly useful--additional commentary . . . about soda, about its impact on our bodies, what the various common ingredients are and how they, specifically interact with our bodies, and more.

All of these things together lead him to conclude: "One of the simplest ways to radically improve your health: . . . quit drinking soda." . . . --Or, may I suggest, at least radically reduce your consumption since, as Mercola notes, "One . . . independent, peer-reviewed study published in the British medical journal The Lancet found that . . . for each additional daily serving of sugar-sweetened soft drink consumed during the nearly two-year study, the risk of obesity jumped by 60 percent!"
[S]oda clearly elevates your insulin levels, and elevated insulin levels are the foundation of most chronic disease. Not only does drinking just one soda per day increase your risk of diabetes by 85 percent, it also increases your risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Gout
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)

--From These 150 Calories Go Straight to Your Bulging Belly - at the Rate of 1 Pound per Week

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