A recent study published in the medical journal Circulation has found just one soda a day can increase a man’s risk of heart attack by 20 percent. A typical 12-ounce soda contains a whopping 10 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup. This much sugar, particularly fructose, is known to increase triglycerides, lower HDL (good) cholesterol, and increase a marker of inflammation known as C-reactive protein (CRP). Excessive amounts of sugar are known to cause a release of inflammatory chemicals inside the body and inside blood vessels resulting in plaque deposits (atherosclerosis) which can lead to a heart attack.
Previous studies have shown that sugary beverages and other sugary foods cause inflammation, weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and many other diseases. Heart attack is the newest disease associated with the consumption of sugary drinks.
Diet Soda is Even Worse!
Diet soft drinks may be considered a “healthier” alternative to regular soda, but the truth is new research has shown that diet soda can double your risk for a heart attack (and stroke) compared to regular soda!
The study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine concluded that people who drank diet soda on a daily basis were 43 percent more likely to experience heart attacks, stroke or vascular death.