Cut Back on Sugary Soft Drinks and Lower Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes

by Jodee on August 4, 2010

Many people enjoy soft drinks, especially in hot weather. These beverages are an effective way to quench one’s thirst and taste good, besides. Unfortunately, regular sodas and sport drinks are also laced with high levels of sugar.

Choosing to drink them regularly not only increases an individual’s risk of heart disease, but it also means that person is more likely to develop diabetes. These sugary beverages are also laden with calories and contribute to weight gain and obesity.

Does this mean that no one should ever drink soft drinks? No, it doesn’t. If knowledge is power, then knowing that sugary drinks are not the most healthy choice means that consumers can make informed decisions about whether they want to drink them or not.

A good decision about soft drinks would be to choose more healthy beverages more often and relegate soda to an occasional treat. Even people who consume only a single serving of a sugary soft drink per day are putting themselves at a higher level of risk for a heart attack or diabetes.

Pure fruit juices don’t affect the body in the same way and are a better choice. Drinking water is probably one of the best decisions that a person can make for themselves. Most people don’t drink enough water, and this beverage helps to keep the body well hydrated and flush out impurities without any added sugar or caffeine.

A well-established soda habit may be hard to give up, and like all positive lifestyle changes, it’s best to start by making small ones first. It’s probably unrealistic to expect that someone can make a decision that they will never again allow a sugary soft drink to pass their lips, but they can slowly cut back on their consumption. Eventually sugary beverages like these can be relegated to the “treat” category instead of something that is consumed regularly.

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