Studies confirming that soda really is as bad for us as we think continue to pile up—so, hey, here’s one more.
In the first-ever study to establish a direct link between sugar-added sodas and heart-disease risk, UC Davis reports that subjects who downed drinks with low, medium, and high amounts—read: any amount—of high-fructose corn syrup for two weeks raised their (heart-damaging) blood levels of LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol and triglycerides.
And though another UC Davis study found that sugary beverages can relieve stress by blunting cortisol, it also found that stress relief was actually just the start of an unhealthy cycle: Stress ➝ drinking soda ➝ relief ➝ more stress ➝ more soda, which led to weight gain. So hardly a ringing endorsement.
With the CDC reporting that almost half of Americans are drinking these sugar bombs daily and that 35% of adults are obese, it’s clearly time to step away from the pop-top and up your intake of water.