How Many Soft Drinks Do You Drink Per Day?

How Many Soft Drinks Do You Drink Per Day?

Bad news for Coca-Cola fans: A new UK study has found drinking a single can of sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 22 per cent. The risk remains frighteningly high even after discounting associated weight gains.

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Using data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, researchers from Imperial College London monitored the effects of sugar-sweetened soft drinks on 28,557 participants spread across nine countries (Germany, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Sweden, France, Italy and the Netherlands).

After adjusting for confounding factors, the researchers discovered that consumption of one 336ml serving size of sugar-sweetened soft drink per day increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 22 per cent.

Even when total energy intake and body-mass index (BMI) were taken into account, the increased risk still stood at 18 per cent; suggesting that even skinny soft drink lovers are at risk of developing the disease:

The association between sugar-sweetened soft drinks and diabetes was only slightly attenuated when BMI was included in the model, which could indicate that obesity is neither the only nor the main mediator of the association, and that other mechanisms of action might be involved, such as the glycaemic effect of sugar-sweetened drinks and consequent insulin resistance.

The study also discovered a link between type 2 diabetes and artificially-sweetened soft drink, although the implications were discounted in the report due to the fact that people who consume diet soft drinks tend to have poorer health, and thus are already at greater risk of developing the disease.

If you’re one of the millions of Australians who drink Coke with every lunch, it might be time to swap to a less sugary/lethal concoction. We suggest gin and tonic.

Consumption of sweet beverages and type 2 diabetes incidence in European adults: results from EPIC-InterAct [Diabetologia]

How many soft drinks do you drink per day and what’s your poison of choice? Let us know in the comments section below.


  • Suggesting Gin Tonic, hhah. I used to drink alot of tonic water in the belief that it was healthier than other soft drinks but then one day I looked at the nutritional information, it was packed of sugar and other additives! Just as bad as a sprite or fanta. Although a fun fact I discovered when I hit the clubs in Beijing, tonic water as a natural substance in it which makes it glow blue under UV lights. So at clubs if there are UV lights then you will see blue glowing glasses of gin tonic which people are drinking!

    • That’s the quinin which is also great at warding of malaria and become popular during the British colonization/occupation of India.Unfortunatly many clubs/bars are cheap these days and substitute tonic water for saoda water these days.

      • It’s also in Vaseline – Smear some on your face in a thin layer before you go into a club, and then you’ll light up like a christmas tree! 😀

  • i use to drink about 2 litters of soft drink a day, but stopped 4 weeks ago so i could try and loose some weight before i go over to the US on a holiday at the end of the year. And yes while that was an extreme amount of soft drink i dont drink booze or smoke or do any drugs, i dont have ant life threating issues other than being over weight but thats due to the fact that im lazy bastard that sits in front of computer every day playing games.

    • I love these people who try and justify their bad habits by saying they don’t do anything else that’s bad. Stop sugarcoating it, what you were doing was shit for you and you know it. At least you quit, o good on you for that.

  • oh yeah also nothing is good for you and nothing is bad for you, every week theres a new study staying that you should eat x and do y then month later a study comes out saying that x and y are bad for you

  • ” people who consume diet soft drinks tend to have poorer health” did I read that right, so healthy people only drink full sugar soft drinks, huh.

    • Hmm. I think the researchers were referring specifically to the cohort that took place in the study (although when you think about it, most people only switch to diet soft drink when they start to get a bit flabby — proper health fanatics tend to stick to Gatorade or water)

      • I would argue that no “proper health fanatic” should be drinking Gatorade. The difference in performance is so negligible that only true athletes at the absolute top of their profession should bother with it.

        • For post-exercise, Gatorade or Powerade is not the best thing to have as they can actually cause you to dehydrate, plus the whole bit about needing energy drinks/bars during exercise, not after.

          Any form of electrolyte-based consumable is better for you post-exercise really.

          • Hmm? So Gatorade or Powerade aren’t good for you post exercise, but “Any form of electrolyte-based consumable”, (which includes both Gatorade and Powerade), is ok? Your second point surely contradicts your first?

            And I agree with the part you said that the energy drink/bars should be consumed DURING exercise for any measurable effect.

          • Just for the record (surprised nobody mentioned it) all sports drinks electrolytes basically means they add lots of sodium (salt) then balance it out with an artificial sweetener. While this does give it quite a good and unique flavour in much the same way fast food works (fatty salty meat/fries with a sugary drink/bun), it is in no way a healthy thing to be consuming every day.

          • Unless it’s a “diet” sports drink they basically just use good old sugar. Look at the nutrition information. You have about as much sugar one of them as a can of soft drink.

          • The sugar isn’t the bad part, “artificial” or not – it’s the sodium. A single bottle contains as much as 40% of your daily recommended sodium intake..

            Something to think about.

          • For non top tier sporting people, it’s best to have the powdered formula, with more water than suggested to powder ratio. It will help with energy, fatigue, etc and you should have a normal bottle of water handy for after. The reason being normal water actually slows you down when your working out. Also don’t drink lots at once, small mouth fulls are better.

        • That doesn’t make sense. Why argue with a fanatic? It’s a waste of time. If they choose to drink a certain drink before or after training, that’s their choice. There’s no way you’re going to change their mind.

          That’s why they’re called fanatics. Best just to let them do their thing.

  • I used to drink about 6-8 cans of coca-cola a day, would drink it with every meal, about a month ago I stopped and swapped out it for water. I only have about maybe 2 or 3 a week now.

      • High fructose CORN syrup isn’t “artificial” per say.. Though, there is no exact definition of where “artificial” and “natural” start and end, it’s left to a basis of what’s reasonable, which differs from person to person. Some people would not accept mechanically pasturized honey as natural honey for example, which all mass commercially available honey is – and basically just means it’s been heated and cooled repeatedly to kill any bacteria.

        By your definition of artificial here – cheese would also be considered artificial, as they’re produced in very similar ways. Yoghurt too. What a mess we’re in!

  • I used to drink 2 to 3 cans of Coke a day.

    My weight was piling on. I was 78kg with a height of 1.7m.

    I worked in a project management group where the qualification required is a PMP – Project Management Professional.

    My partner said she thought it meant Project Management Paunch because everyone was so fat.

    I cut out Coke and all other soft drinks cold turkey about 7 years ago and I have never drunk it again.

    For some strange reason lemonade on planes and ginger beer with fish and chips is “allowed” but apart from those two exceptions I never drink any cool drink.

    I only drink mainly water with a rare orange juice or cordial. I never drank alcohol so that wasn’t an issue.

    I used to get lots of headaches – probably caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Now I never get headaches.

    I used to get excruciating leg cramps in bed. Now I never get leg cramps.

    I used to have indigestion. Now I never get indigestion.

    I used to have very bad reflux. My dentist told me that the combination of Coke and stomach acid reflux was dissolving my back teeth. Now I never get reflux.

    I used to get very painful bare patches on my tongue. Now I only get them if I inadvertently eat a fruit salad with kiwi fruit in it. The meat tenderiser enzymes in kiwis breaks down the surface of my tongue.

    My original reason for dropping Coke was to lose weight and it worked. I am now 64kg.

    I am a Coke addict and I will be for life. When I hear the shhshh sound of a can being opened I get a tingle down my spine.

    However, the weight loss and other health benefits were so dramatic that I will never drink Coke or any other cool drink again.

    • For some strange reason lemonade on planes and ginger beer with fish and chips is “allowed” but apart from those two exceptions I never drink any cool drink.

      Occasional treats are the way those sort of drinks should be treated. If you never let yourself enjoy you are at a much greater chance of ‘relapse’. Plus the guilt that people feel for misbehaving is often worse for them that the action itself.
      So enjoy that ginger beer with your fish and chips, it sounds to me like you earned it

  • I used to drink soft drink about 3-4 years ago but if I try one now I find that they just taste dreadful. There is just no reason to pack that much sugar into a drink.

  • There are diet/no sugar options out there, I personally drink a fair bit of sugar-free pepsi (max included) and diet ginger beer.
    most soft drinks are to sweet for my taste, perhaps that’s for the best.

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