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Soda & Smoking Connection

Posted on 10/28/2014

How bad is Soda?

Is there really a connection between soda and smoking? Yes, there seems to be one in terms of how both unhealthy activities of drinking soda pop and smoking age one’s body. Turns out, soda drinking ages the body just like smoking does! Yes, you heard me right. Soda is as bad as smoking!

If you drink a 20-ounce soda a day you may be causing your cells/body to age as much as they would have if you smoked. Researchers recently investigated the DNA of more than 5,300 adults according to Time who reported the findings last week.

What they found out may surprise you! Drinking sugary soda was associated with shorter cells. Shorter cells also appear to link heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

The study associated drinking a 20-ounce soda a day with 4.6 years of aging, the same figure seen in smokers….that’s nearly 5 years older by doing either activity!

In addition, daily soda consumption also ages immune cells almost two years.

Nobody ever thought, except in its early years, that soda was a health food. But, damaging one’s immunity? This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of understanding how it impact’s one’s body.

The new study clearly points to the dangers of soda beyond its role in excessive calories, sugar intake and of course, obesity.

“The extremely high dose of sugar that we can put into our body within seconds by drinking sugared beverages is uniquely toxic to metabolism,” says a study author.
Expect more research on this subject.

The study was published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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