Drinking soda can be just as bad as lighting up! And not only are you packing on the calories, you're also aging your body! Just as cigarettes cause premature aging, soda can, too.
New research from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) studied the DNA of over 5,000 people. The study revealed that those who drank a bottle of soda daily had DNA typical of someone 4.6 years older. That's right, almost FIVE years older than those who weren't addicted to the bubbly pop.
However, the study found this effect only in full fat varieties, which proves that it's (more likely than not) the bucket loads of sugar in regular soda which we have to blame.
Humans have something called 'telomeres' (a type of DNA) which shrink as you get older, making it more difficult for our cells to regenerate. The study found that those who regularly drank soda had shorter teleromes than those who didn't. Hence the premature aging and wrinkling.
BUT if you think drinking cans of diet coke is going to help you stay healthy, here's a news flash, it's NOT. Past research has shown that artificial sweeteners are linked to cancer.
Associate professor at UCSF, Elissa Epel, says, “Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened sodas might influence disease development, not only by straining the body’s metabolic control of sugar but also through accelerated cellular aging of tissues.”
Our advice? Avoid soda all together! The damage to your health AND your waistline isn't worth the satisfaction.
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