sugary drinks

  1. Your soda habit is killing you

    If you're still drinking soda, there's not much else I can say at this point. You don't have to be a regular Dose reader to know this stuff is bad for you, and you'd have to have a hole in your head to think it's actually good.

    Hopefully, your head is intact and you know it's bad. And now, a new study spells out just ONE of the many ways soda can doom you to an early, bubbly grave.

    In this one, researchers found that men who have even one soda or other sugar-sweetened drink a day have a 20 percent higher risk of a heart attack than those who don't drink this liquid junk.

    Two daily drinks boosted the risk by 42 percent, and three caused it to shoot up by 69 percent.

    Sugary drinks also boosted levels of C-reactive protein, an inflammation marker that's a far more reliable indicator of heart risk than the LDL levels your own doc obsesses over.

    The study in Circulation was on men, but there's no reason to think it won't apply to women as well. After all, you don't have to be a cardiologist to know why soda will stop your heart.

    It's the sugar.

    Sugar is just about the worst thing you could pump into your body. And after your teeth, there's no part of your body that's more quickly ruined by it than your heart. Drink this stuff every day, and eventually it'll stop your heart colder than a refrigerator pack of cola.

    Throw in the fact that soda -- and sugar -- will swell your belly, rot your brain, and even damage your bones, and you've got no reason to ever go near this stuff.

    I know some of you will anyway. Just don't say I didn't warn you.

  2. How soda can slowly kill you

    Breaking news: Sugar is bad for you!

    I know, I know -- you'd have to be soft in the head to think this stuff won't damage your heart… but judging by the always-rising sales of sugary drinks, that message hasn't exactly sunk in with the masses.

    Now, a new study confirms -- surprise, surprise! -- that sugar will wreck your insides even if you're perfectly slim on the outside… and that women in particular face the highest risks.

    Soda, bottled teas, juice drinks, energy drinks, and those crazy "coffee" concoctions from Starbucks -- you name it, researchers say women who drank just two a day over five years were 400 percent more likely to have high triglycerides than women who didn't drink the stuff, no matter what they weighed.

    What's more, those two daily drinks threw glucose levels so far out of whack that these women -- yes, even the thin ones -- were already facing a higher risk of diabetes.

    But I don't need to see yet another study on this -- just the ingredients labels on those drinks: A single can of soda contains TEN teaspoons or sugar, while a small bottle of that garbage contains 16.

    How can that NOT wreck your insides?

    Don't think you can get yourself off the hook by switching to diet soda -- because if there's anything worse for you than sugar, it's the chemical sweeteners used in low-calorie drinks.

    And the worst of the worst is the most common artificial sweetener of all: aspartame. This lab-created monstrosity has been linked to cancer, dementia, premature birth, migraines, seizures, and more.

    In other words, if you're at all interested in keeping healthy, avoid both sugary drinks and diet drinks.

    Coffee, tea, seltzer, water (filtered by reverse osmosis) and even booze are all much better options.

  3. Sugary Sodas and their Health Implications

    It boggles my mind -- and boils my blood -- when the mainstream media reports on the deadly dangers of patented prescription drugs as though it's some kind of shocking, breaking news…

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