How Soda Can Seriously Harm Your Health

    January 18, 2014
    Tina Volpe
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Most people are already aware that soda pop is not a health food and is probably not a good drink choice. Now, there is more proof that it isn’t – as a recent report by Food MythBusters has shown some disturbing health effects of this bubbly and sugary drink that might have you off soda for good.

Food MythBusters is a consumer friendly organization that reports and exposes the truth, good or bad, about our food industry.


Disorders linked to soda include asthma, compliments of the sodium benzoate contained in the drink, which is used as a preservative to add shelf life. Although it is not proven a cause, it is said to contribute to the disease and its symptoms.

A French medical journal recorded a case of asthma in a young girl who was in and out of the hospital monthly due to asthma attacks. After 12 months of avoiding benzoates in foods, drinks and medications, she became asthma-free.

Type 2 Diabetes

The MythBusters report claims: The risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases dramatically — 80 percent — for soda sippers. The effects of soda to the now common disease, Type 2 diabetes, is common knowledge, especially for those who listen to their doctors.

According to Health line: Type 2 Diabetes is a common and increasingly prevalent illness that is largely preventable. Nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the number one killer in America, and drinking soda can contribute to obesity, which leads to heart disease. Seventy percent of cardiovascular disease is related to obesity. High fructose corn syrup is not only in our beverages, but also in the biggest percentage of processed foods, and it may be poisoning our health. It has been associated with heightening the risk of metabolic syndrome. According to experts, obesity and heart disease go hand in hand.


Soda is one of the main causes of the obesity crisis in America, obviously, people love their soda. But, with obesity on the rise not only in adults but also in children, it is becoming an expensive medical crisis, at 21 percent of U.S. healthcare costs.

And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity contributes to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, hypertension, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and repertory problems, osteoarthritis and gynecological problems.

Soda is not the sole culprit for many diseases and ailments, but it sure would be a good idea to understand that it is dangerous to human health.

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  • Who Cares

    You gotta die someway. Soda tastes great. When I look at life, everything is bad for me. Soda is the least of my worries in this world. Actually stress causes a lot of deaths. I am stressed out from hearing how everything is going to kill me.

  • Maureen Beach

    Frankly, this article hypes sensationalist claims that are not based in the body of science and lack credibility. For instance, while it’s true that obesity is a risk factor for a number of conditions that include heart disease and obesity, it is untrue that soft drink consumption or high fructose corn syrup is a unique contributor to obesity or the other complex health conditions mentioned here. Need proof? The American Medical Association has concluded that high fructose corn syrup is not a unique contributor to obesity: http://www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/csaph/csaph3a08-summary.pdf. And science shows obesity results from many variables, including genetics, overall calorie intake, inactivity, stress, medicines and more. In other words, a number of risk factors come into play here – not a single source of calories.

    In other words, making these false assertions relating sweetened beverages to a litany of health issues is misleading and does a disservice to consumers.