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  • With over 1.8 billion bottles of Coca Cola sold a day

  • and nearly half of Americans drinking at least one glass of soda or pop a day,

  • it's safe to say that many of us love a sugary drink.

  • But what would happen to our brains and bodies if we only drank soda?

  • As the drink enters your mouth.

  • It's high acid content begins to erode the enamel on your teeth.

  • And the microorganisms in your plaque start to feed off the sugar which can lead to cavities.

  • Finish the can and you may have consumed upwards of 46 grams of sugar.

  • The receptors on your tongue sense this and send a message to your cerebral cortex.

  • Activating the rewards center of the brain, which says "More, please!".

  • After a week of substituting the recommended 8 daily glasses of water for cola instead,

  • You would have consumed around 5432 extra calories.

  • And this is one of the biggest health problems linked to carbonated drinks:

  • Weight gain.

  • It's been estimated that 1/5 of the weight gain in the U.S. between 1977 and 2007

  • can be attributed to soft drinks

  • Furthermore Yale researchers found that when people drink soft drinks,

  • They also consume more calories, mainly because people don't accurately account for the added calories in their beverage.

  • On top of this, the high fructose corn syrup, which is the primary soda sweetener

  • Is not metabolized in our bodies the same way other sugars are.

  • They increase liver fat upping the risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • And don't stimulate the hormones Insulin and Leptin,

  • These hormones help the body signal when we're full to prevent overeating,

  • The disruption of Insulin also increases the risk of diabetes.

  • Overall research suggests that reducing the amount of sugar in drinks,

  • could prevent 1 million cases of obesity.

  • So should we swap in diet drinks instead?

  • Surprisingly there's still a link between artificial sweeteners and weight gain as well.

  • Experiments have found that the sweet taste,

  • whether from real sugar or artificial sweeteners, enhances our appetite,

  • not to mention many diet drinkers allow themselves to eat more.

  • Because they believe they've already reduced their calories, thinking:

  • "I'm having a diet soda so I can have a large fry with my burger."

  • But soft drinks can also age us.

  • Telomeres are protective caps on the end of our chromosomes, which shortened overtime.

  • And it turns out that their rate of shortening is nearly the same in a person

  • who drinks six hundred milliliters of soda a day as it is in a smoker.

  • So what if you drank two liters of pop every day?

  • Well, one woman did just that for sixteen years straight,

  • until she was hospitalized at age 31

  • with no family history of heart problems,

  • She suffered from arrhythmia and fainting spells.

  • And tests found her severely deficient in potassium

  • as both fructose and caffeine can lead to potassium loss through urine and diarrhea.

  • Luckily our bodies have an amazing ability to recover

  • And once she quit, her potassium levels and other complications began to rebound.

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What If You Only Drank Soda?

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    Vivi Lee posted on 2016/03/11
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