Heart attacks. Weight gain. Weak muscles and bone. Type 2 Diabetes.
The slew of health reasons to cut soda out of Americans’ diets has consistently been brought to their attention during the past decade.
Now that the amount of studies relating to these findings are growing, the reasons to heed the warnings are bubbling up with them.
Consuming just one and one-third cups of soda every day, an amount smaller than the standard soda can, increases the likelihood of developing aggressive prostate cancer by 40 percent.
This 15-year study isn’t referring to early-stage prostate cancer either, as the developed cancers had progressed to the point of causing symptoms.
Faster growing cancers tend to have more fatalities, and considering about one out of every six American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, the risks are worth consideration.
The hormone insulin may drive these fast-developing cancers, as it feed tumors, but the sugars in beverages like soda are believed to be the ultimate culprit. Is diet soda better because of its artificial sweetener? Unfortunately, it’s not.
Susan Swithers, Purdue University professor of psychological sciences and behavioral neuroscientist, mentions the overall sweetening of the American diet.
“It’s really candy in a can. If people think of it as candy, they would say that they wouldn’t have candy at every meal,” Swithers said.
The same health risks associated with regular sodas are also associated with diet ones. Although diet soda doesn’t have calories, the body reacts to the sweetness. It prepares to digest sugars and learns not to associate calorie consumption with sugar intake.
So when a body that consumes artificial sweeteners ingests real sugars (especially processed sugars like corn syrup), it has already learned to associate sweet things with a lack of calories and reacts improperly.
For big soda drinkers, a Danish study found that men who drank a quart (about three cans) of soda a day had a 30 percent lower sperm count than those who didn’t drink soda.
Many of the men in the study who drank soda tended to have a less healthy lifestyle, and caffeine consumption didn’t prove to be the most significant factor.
“I’m not surprised (about the risks),” Pierce college student John Kline said. “I used to like it when I was a teenager, but I woke up to a lot of the risks of processed foods. It’s a poison.”
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