I try to avoid sodas because they’re loaded with calories and artificial sweeteners. And honestly, a glass of ice water is enough to satisfy my thirst. Now I have even more reason to avoid the sugary drinks.
A new study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that women who drink two or more servings of full-calorie sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) in a day, including many sodas and even non-carbonated drinks that contain high-fructose corn syrup, may increase their risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by as much as 35 percent.
The observed increase in CHD stems from the link between SSB’s and weight gain, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. The study only looked at women, but don’t be fooled, these same adverse health effects can affect men too.
To reduce your risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association says to incorporate foods like beans, whole grain cereals and walnuts into your diet, push yourself to get at least 30 minutes of workout time every day and drink alcohol in moderation (half a drink to two drinks per day). Supplements like CoQ10 and flaxseed oil are also a great addition to a healthy diet.