Although declining, the US consumed 12.76 billion gallons last year according to the Wall Street Journal. There is absolutely nothing nutritious about soda.
Sugary drinks increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. This Harvard study found:
People who consume sugary drinks regularly—1 to 2 cans a day or more—have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who rarely have such drinks.
A study that followed 40,000 men for two decades found that those who averaged one can of a sugary beverage per day had a 20% higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than men who rarely consumed sugary drinks. A related study in women found a similar sugary beverage–heart disease link.
A 22-year-long study of 80,000 women found that those who consumed a can a day of sugary drink had a 75% higher risk of gout than women who rarely had such drinks. Researchers found a similarly-elevated risk in men.
Dr. Frank Hu, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, recently made a strong case that there is sufficient scientific evidence that decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption will reduce the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related diseases.
Just simply taking soda out of your diet for a month will produce great results, especially in weight loss. A friend who recently did the 30 Day Transformation was drinking at least 64 oz of diet coke a day. He replaced the soda with fizz sticks, ate clean, and lost 25 pounds. He reported less bloating and that he could actually taste his food. Yet another who did the program claimed to have an iron stomach, tried a "harmless" diet coke at the movie theater and was ill for hours afterwards.
So thankful for fizz sticks! My alternative to soda and midday coffee! Plant-based caffeine from guarana. Energy drink, appetite suppressant, metabolism boost - 3 in 1 with only 13 calories and less than 2g of real sugar. Promotes proper pH to help your body be more alkaline.