News Roundup: The effects of Soda on the Body


Earlier this week, a graphic labeled “what happens one hour after drinking a can of Coke” went viral.  Although the graphic only represents one person’s personal experience after drinking a can of soda, it brings up some good points and restarts the conversation about the effects of soda on the body. For example, one can of Coke has 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is close to the total amount of sugar one person should have in an entire day.

This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts related to the effects of drinking soda on your body.

Here’s What Happens in the Hour After You Drink a Can of Coke (and What Happened to Me When I Tried It).  The Blaze. “After 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can into fat.”

What One Can of Coke Does to Your Body in Only One Hour.  Yahoo! Health. ““When you drink soda, its sugar literally floods your system, quickly raising blood sugar levels. That’s problematic because your body needs to kick into overdrive to try to convert all of that sugar into energy — and the excess is stored in your body as fat.”

Soft Drinks and Disease.  Harvard School of Public Health. “Soft drinks are the beverage of choice for millions of Americans, but sugary drinks increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions… In the Framingham Heart Study, men and women who had one or more soft drinks a day were 25 percent more likely to have developed trouble managing blood sugar and nearly 50 percent more likely to have developed metabolic syndrome.”

Even If you’re Lean, 1 Soda Per Day Ups Your Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes.  NPR. “So even if people are lean, if they continue consuming sugar-sweetened beverages, they have a greater likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes,"

Sugary Drinks Linked To Health Problems Even In Normal Weight People.  Forbes. “Earlier this month, a study estimated that globally 184,000 people die each year from health problems related to sugary drink consumption. More research is needed, of course, but the evidence is looking pretty rough for sugary drinks. They offer no nutritional value, and lead to a quick spike and drop in blood sugar.”


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