We Told you Soda Was Bad; A New Study Shows It's Even Worse Than We Thought

October 27th 2014

ATTN: Staff

A new American Journal of Public Health study just found that a daily soda habit doesn't just cause problems because of its sugary content, but can actually age your immune cells. Senior study author Elissa Epel, PhD, professor of psychiatry at University of California San Francisco,​ studied telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes in every cell in our body, from white blood cells. Shorter telomeres have been linked to health detriments like shorter lifespans and more stress, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, the study notes.

Another recent study conducted by the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California showed that at least half of our favorite beverages contain way more fructose than glucose. If you were snoozing in chemistry 101, fructose and glucose are types of sugar. But what sets them apart is how they are broken down in our body. Glucose can be used for energy in our bodies. Fructose on the other hand can develop into a form fat (Triglycerides) and if leaked into the bloodstream, can cause clogged arteries. The Keck study says that our bodies aren't meant to process this dangerously high level of fructose and can cause some other serious health problems like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and liver disease.

The mantra of the soda lover is: "You can pry my Coca Cola from my cold, dead hands!" even though they know that soda is bad for you. Also, it's doubtful that states and cities across the nation will ban large quantities of soda since the New York ban was ruled unconstitutional. However, schools around the country have gotten rid of soda advertising and there have been many proposals and studies on taxing sodas. For the sake of comparison, over 50 years ago people believed cigarettes weren't that bad for you. But with each new study that proved cigarettes were actually unhealthy and the higher taxation followed, there has been a steady decline in the purchase of cigarettes over time. Will soda go the way of cigarettes? Regardless, these studies are altering public opinion on soda and that can lead to major changes-both personal and political.

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