Biological scientist Dr. Hans-Peter Kubis, who's just led a study into what soft drinks do to our bodies, has reached some shocking conclusions. Soft drinks appear to increase the risk of heart disease, liver failure and hypertension. Even moderate consumption of a can a day, or just two a week, may alter our metabolism so that we pile on weight.
"Sugary drinks lead to alterations in muscles similar to those in people with obesity problems and type 2 diabetes."
In the U.S., around 100 medical and consumer organizations are now calling on the Surgeon General to investigate the health effects of soda and other sugary drinks. Blood tests found soft-drink fans had higher levels of harmful inflammation in their blood vessels, and lower levels of the good HDL cholesterol. Soft drinks play a major role in the U.S.’s obesity crisis, the campaigners say, and they want a study into them similar in scale and impact to the Surgeon General’s landmark report on the dangers of smoking in 1964.
Each regular can of cola contains eight teaspoons of sugar. When you drink that much sugar so quickly, the body experiences an intense sugar rush.
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