More proof that sugar is toxic

They should stop calling it "soda" and start calling it "sissy juice."

Not only would men stop drinking the junk, but it's also a much more accurate description of what this liquid garbage will do to you -- because the sugars in soda will sissify you almost as fast as a shot of estrogen.

And ladies, you're not off the hook here either. In fact, for you they shouldn't call it "sissy" juice -- they should call it "DEATH DRINK," because that's just what it'll do to you, according to new research on mice.

Male mice given "high" levels of sugar lost interest in the typical male urges. They stopped reproducing, stopped competing with sugar-free mice for mates and stopped defending their territory.

They were practically turned into a bunch of girly-mice without the help of drugs or surgery.

And in female mice, those same "high" sugar levels led to an early death -- they died off at twice the rate of mice given no sugar.

I have to keep putting "high" in quotation marks because while the levels were in fact high -- 25 percent of the diet -- they were right in line with what roughly 75 million Americans gulp down daily.

It's the equivalent of three 12-ounce cans of soda a day.

In fact, the mix of glucose and fructose fed to the mice in the study was pretty much identical to what's found in the high-fructose corn syrup used to sweeten soda.

But the part that should really shock you here is that these mice weren't obese. They didn't eat junk, junk and more junk.

They were given a healthy diet, with sugared-up water for their drink.

That's like a slender human who eats right but enjoys a soda or two with lunch and dinner and thinks it's OK because he's not packing on the pounds.

Clearly, it's not OK.

Now, you can dismiss this is just another study on mice, but do so at your own risk. You may not be a mouse, but you have a lot more in common with the critters than you might think.

In fact, 80 percent of the things that are toxic to mice are toxic to you.

Consider that next time you slurp some "sissy juice."