Two daily sodas could boost men's chances of heart failure by more than 20 percent. The results, published in the British Medical Journal, are the latest in a litany of science that suggests the health toll of chugging soda, including tooth decay, obesity, osteoporosis and even asthma.
In this recent study, researchers analyzed the eating habits of 42,000 Swedish men over 12 years and found that those who drank at least two sweetened beverages a day had 23 percent higher risk of going into heart failure. The researchers only included soda in the study, not sweetened juices.
"The takeaway message is that people who regularly consume sweetened beverages should consider limiting their consumption to reduce their risk of heart failure," study co-author Dr. Susanna Larsson of the Stockholm Karolinska Institutet, told CNN.
Prior research has shown a link between heart disease and stroke and the consumption of sweetened beverages, but prior to this one, no study looked at heart failure.
In the past three years, conventional soda sales have dwindled. Sales of natural beverages, however, are growing. In the 52 weeks ending July 12, 2015, natural carbonated beverages (such as sodas sweetened with cane sugar, erythritol or stevia instead of high fructose corn syrup) grew an impressive 11.6 percent to $218.4 million across all channels, according to SPINS.