In my personal opinion, I'm not a fan of soda in general. Whenever someone is interested in weight loss, I always start with what they're drinking. I've also written multiple times in my blog about my distaste for the calorie-filled fizz. It's high in empty calories and sugar, and can easily add hundreds of calories to your daily intake. It increases risk of weight gain, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. A new study (one of many that have been done) reinforces these risks once again.
The new study found that "women who said they drank the most soft drinks in the study had an 83 percent higher risk of ischemic stroke than those who reported drinking the fewest soft drinks." This isn't a shocking result because it has already been linked to several other chronic diseases, and excess sugar is converted into triglycerides for storage, which also raises your cardiovascular risk. Did you know that a recent Gallup study showed that nearly half of Americans drink soda every single day??
Enjoying a soda everyone once in a while is not a problem, but if you currently are consuming sugary beverages most days of the week, it's a good idea to work on cutting back, especially if you're interested in weight loss or already have diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
As an alternative, try flavored seltzer water, or have a half cup of juice mixed with seltzer water. You could also stick with plain water or jazz it up with lemon, lime, orange, apple or cucumber. Try to get at least 1 cup of low fat milk a day and set a goal to get those 8 cups of water a day. By focusing on this, you'll have less time to consume those sugary-filled drinks.
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