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Facts about soft drinks

October 28, 2016

Drinking soda may raise your risk of liver cancer according to European Journal of Nutrition study. The study found people who drank six or more soft drinks per week were 83% more likely to develop liver cancer than soda-free folks. It is speculated the liver quickly absorb sugars in soda and converts them to fat, which in turn builds up on the organ and causes inflammation. As for diet soda, each one you drink weekly could raise your cancer risk by 6%.

“It’s important to visualize what it means when a soda label says it has 65 grams of sugar in a 20-ounce drink,” says Danielle Capalino​, a registered dietitian practicing in New York. “Every 4 grams of sugar is equivalent to about 1 teaspoon, which means there are about 16 teaspoons of sugar in a 20-ounce drink. Drinking soda is drinking empty calories. It is sugar with no nutrients – no protein, no fiber, no vitamins.” 

To help control your soda habit, Capalino advises people cut their soda intake in half – take small steps each day to reach your goal.   

“I often hear people trying to swap regular soda for diet soda as a way to transition from the sugar. I don’t think that’s a good idea because artificial sugar makes you seek sweetness in other foods, so in the end you are not saving any calories," she says.

Try these healthy alternatives in place of a sugary beverage:

    • Plain old Water
    • Flavored Water
    • Coconut Water
    • Unsweetened Iced Tea
    • Natural Juices
    • Green Tea
    • Seltzer

 *Sources: Menshealth.com, http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2014/11/06/the-not-so-sweet-facts-about-soda?page=2

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