Obesity, Diabetes, Fatty Liver: 6 Reasons How Bad Soft Drinks Are For You

Having a can full of sugary soda once in a while might not seem like a bad idea. But it will once you know its health implications.

Shubhangi Shah
Written by: Shubhangi ShahPublished at: Aug 14, 2021Updated at: Aug 14, 2021
Obesity, Diabetes, Fatty Liver: 6 Reasons How Bad Soft Drinks Are For You

Having a glass of cola along with pizza while out with friends, or downing a can of soda with a delicious burger while watching a movie at home, aren’t uncommon. Go to any fast food joint and look closely, you’ll find that sugary sodas are almost a staple. While all of us know that soft drinks are bad for health. Each one of us knows that the high sugar content can make us fat and rot our teeth. But, there is more to those brightly coloured sugary drinks than just that.

Here is what happens when you gulp those soda drinks:

1# Sugar spike

Soft drinks contain a lot of sugar

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As soon as you drink soda, a large amount of sugar gets added to your bloodstream. The sugar is of two kinds: glucose, which is metabolised by every cell of the body and the much sweeter sugar, fructose, which is only metabolised by the liver.

2# Rise in insulin level

Since glucose content in the blood rises after sugar intake, our pancreas produces a large amount of insulin to do away with the excess sugar.

This over a large period of time can lead to insulin resistance, which leads to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

3# Weight gain

Drinking soda can make you gain weight

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Have you ever wondered why cola drinks are among the most notorious for weight gain? 

This is because when you down a can of soda, the fructose in it doesn’t lower the amount of ghrelin, the hunger hormone and induce satiety. So it’s always consumed over the normal calorie intake. So, soda or no soda, you’ll eat the same number of pizza slices.

Also read: The 'No Fizzy Drinks' Guy: He Battled His Soda Addiction & This Is How It Changed His Body

4# Fatty liver

Soft drinks don’t just make you fat, it does the same to your liver. Since the liver is the only organ that metabolises fructose, it converts it into fat that gets accumulated over the organ, giving us a fatty liver. 

Too much fat accumulation over time can cause liver inflammation that can cause scarring or damage. In extreme cases, this can lead to liver failure.

5# Belly fat

Sugar fructose in soda leads to belly fat

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No matter how many cups of green tea you drink (we don’t really know its impact) or how many crunches you do, belly fat is extremely difficult to do away with. 

A tip: watch your soda intake. That’s because the fructose in your cola bottle that gives you a fatty liver is also a cause of belly fat.  Not just from a weight perspective, excessive belly fat is considered to increase your risk of developing type-2 diabetes and heart disease.

Also read: Here is why you should break your soda addiction

6# Dental health

Acids in cola drinks lead to tooth erosion and cavity

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Not just your pancreas and liver, cola drinks can wreak havoc on your teeth as well. This is because it contains acids that can lead to tooth decay and cavities, and we all know how painful that can be. 

Now that you know how drinking soda compromises your health, you know you need to cut down your intake. Diet soda, at first, might seem like a good option, as instead of sugar, it contains artificial sweeteners. But it still harms your dental health, not to mention its link to several chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

A good option is to do away with sodas eventually and replace them with other options such as juices, sparkling water and herbal teas. Not to mention normal water that has immense health benefits and is crucial for survival. 

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