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May 31, 2020 - Eat This Not That

108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked by How Toxic They Are

108 Most Popular Sodas Ranked by How Toxic They Are
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By now, you're well aware that soda is, well, dangerous. It's the one drink you should simply refrain from drinking whenever you can. In fact, it just might be contributing to that soda belly of yours.

In a study of about 1,000 adults over the course of six years, people who drank soda or other sugar-sweetened beverages gained an extra 1.8 pounds of visceral fat—the fat that sits inside your gut, damaging your internal organs and pushing your belly out. And visceral fat has been shown to increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, among other ills. Yikes.

So why is soda so good at making us look bad? It's the sugar. The American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than 100 calories (25 grams or 6 teaspoons) per day on sugar and men no more than 150 calories (36 grams or 9 teaspoons) per day.

This amount is about 20 grams less than the usual 45 grams of sugar found in many sodas and other sweetened beverages. And if it's not sugar, then it's artificial sweetener, which is 180 times sweeter than sugar and more damaging to your waistline.

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