Most of us know soda isn’t the healthiest drink out there. It’s typically loaded with sugar, artificial colors, and flavors. They can cause various diseases and conditions, from tooth decay to obesity.
However, many aren’t aware of one surprising side-effect of drinking soda which can have severe long-term consequences. Read on to learn more about it.
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the buildup of fat in our liver. Although it doesn’t cause any symptoms on its own, it’s been recognized as a risk factor for various diseases such as diabetes and heart issues. When left untreated, NAFLD can lead to liver cirrhosis and liver failure. The damage people with NAFLD experience is similar to the damage caused by drinking excessive alcohol.
A study published in the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology investigated the connection between drinking soda and NAFLD. The study involved 310 patients with NAFLD, and it lasted three years. Thirty-one participants without the typical risk factors (diabetes, obesity, hypertension) were compared to a control group during this period.
The results showed that people who consumed excessive amounts of sugar-sweetened beverages but didn’t have common factors for NAFLD were 82.5% more likely to develop it.
Additionally, according to a study published in the journal Hepatology, all NAFLD stages have a higher mortality rate, making this disease highly concerning.
Change Your Habits
While soda may be delicious, it doesn’t offer any nutritional benefits for our health. Besides making losing weight much harder, soda harms our organs and should be avoided. Try replacing soda with healthy fruit juices or smoothies. Your body will be grateful.