The thing about soda is, everyone knows it’s unhealthy. And still, for so many of us, a can of coke is an ultimate comfort drink, a much-needed pick-me-up after a filling lunch, and the number one choice in the summer heat. It seems that, while most of us heard all about the health risks associated with drinking soda, we don’t take the information too close to our hearts.
Maybe the harmful effects of fizzy drinks are exaggerated? We all drink it and are still alive, right? And hey, don’t the doctors overdramatize the whole thing anyway?
It seems not.
Without further ado, let’s see the top 15 very real health risks we expose ourselves to every time we take a can of soda from the fridge:
Headache, fatigue, constipation, increased blood pressure, and other seemingly unrelated symptoms can all be a signal of dehydration, which occurs not only because we don’t drink enough water (often the case, though) but also because we go too hard on diuretic foods and drinks. Fizzy sugary drinks (along with alcohol, coffee, pickles, smoked meats, and jarred condiments) top the list of most dehydrating products on our tables.