How Drinking Too Much Soft Drink Can Affect Your Body

Video: You probably know that soft drink isn't the best thing for your body, but have you ever wondered what would happen if you didn't drink anything else? These are the health hazards you might run into if you down too many cans of Coke. Having a can of your favourite soft drink every day isn't going to kill you if that's how you like to treat yourself. But if you replace drinking water with soft drink, you're certainly not doing your body any favours. This video from the AsapScience YouTube channel shows exactly how soft drink negatively affects your body, and how drinking too much will lead to numerous health problems. Soft drink eats away the enamel on your teeth, adds extra calories to your diet that are easy to forget about and can age you at the same rate as a typical smoker (if you drink 600ml of soft drink a day). (At least high fructose corn syrup isn't so much a problem in Australia.) Artificial sweeteners have their own set of problems as well, so swapping in diet soft drinks won't help very much. You don't have to give up soft drink entirely, but it's not a bad idea to look into healthier alternatives so it's not all you drink. And remember, if you're thirsty, a glass of water is always your best bet.

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Comments

    I recently stopped buying coke to drink at home, only getting it when I go out for a meal (once or twice a week), and replacing it with water. So far I sleep wayyy heavier (like I could totally go for 16 hours of sleep right now and it's only midday...), I pee like a racehorse under a waterfall and have become kinda grumpy. I would put most of that down to the caffeine cut...but in all honestly I don't feel any difference and it's been two weeks...

    I suppose my body is loving it...i think.

    "Artificial sweeteners have their own set of problems as well, so swapping in diet soft drinks won’t help very much."

    I just read the link you quoted and it basically said aspartame does nothing unless you're drinking 1900 cans a day. They reduced that value to 19 or 1%, "just to be safe".

    I therefore find your statement that "swapping in diet soft drinks won't help very much" absolute nonsense.

      There have been a number of studies into how artificial sweeteners can mess up your metabolism and appetite and cause weight gain - http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/04/saccharin-aspartame-dangers.aspx

      The -ol sweeteners are pretty bad as well, sorbitol and maltitol mess with digestion for a lot of people.

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