Americans consume close to 50 billion liters of soda per year, which equates to about 216 liters, or about 57 gallons per person. Mostly in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Tragically, high fructose corn syrup, in the form of soda, has become the number one source of calories in the United States, and it is very clear that it is the primary cause of the obesity epidemic.
A study in the British medical journal found that 12-year-olds who drank soft drinks regularly were more likely to be overweight than those who didn’t.
In fact, for each additional daily serving of sugar-sweetened soft drink consumed during the nearly two-year study, the risk of obesity jumped by 60%. Just 1 extra can of soda per day can add as much as 15 pounds to your weight over the course of a single year!
At that rate, it’s no wonder more than 65% of all American adults struggle with overweight and obesity.
And those who drink diet soda are just downing another type of poison, as diet drinks contain artificial sweeteners instead of caloric sweeteners. They don’t do anything to curb the obesity epidemic since diet soda is clearly linked to obesity as well, but through different mechanisms.
Sodium Benzoate (a common preservative in soda) can damage your DNA, which eventually can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson’s.
High amounts of sugar, and more specifically fructose increase your risk of Many Cancers, Diabetes, and Gout to name a few.
Fructose, as opposed to glucose, is particularly damaging to your body due to the way it’s metabolized. The entire burden of metabolizing fructose falls on your liver, which creates a number of waste products and toxins, including a large amount of uric acid, which drives up blood pressure and causes gout.
Likewise, it’s the difference in how your body responds to fructose that also makes it the leading cause of obesity.
Whereas glucose suppresses the hunger hormone ghrelin and stimulates leptin, which suppresses your appetite, fructose has no effect on ghrelin and interferes with your brain’s communication with leptin. The result is overeating, weight gain and ultimately obesity.
Your body can safely handle about 25 grams of fructose per day from fruit, and this is actually quite a lot of fruit. But just one serving of soda or “fruit juice” can exceed this threshold.