It's time to ditch your excessive soda drinking habit if you want to avoid certain cancers.With 40,000 liver cancer cases and 12,000 gall bladder cancer cases diagnosed every year in America, these are still in the minority. A recent Swedish research found that the consumption of sweetened beverages increases blood glucose levels that lead to type 2 diabetes and weight gain. Over time, the increase in blood sugar levels is prime for the development of biliary tract cancer.
Still got that Big Gulp at hand? You might give the fizzy a shove after hearing more. According to HealthDay, one-third of Americans drinks sugary beverages every day. The amount of sugar varies depending on the beverage, but there are roughly eight teaspoons in a 12 oz serving. It's not just the sugar that is harmful. Evil doesn't work alone.
When it comes to cola, the caramel food coloring alone is hazardous to your health. The additive can produce a carcinogen called 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI). Dr. Keeve Nachman, a researcher from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, said:
Soft drink consumers are being exposed to an avoidable and unnecessary cancer risk from an ingredient that is being added to these beverages simply for aesthetic purposes.
The research was not without its discrepancies. The lead study researcher from John Hopkins, Tyler Smith, said:
For diet colas, certain samples had higher or more variable levels of the compound, while other samples had very low concentrations.In other examples, the amount of 4-MEI in colas varied in some states. The same soda from California had lower levels of the chemical from other states, possibly due to California's Proposition 65, which notifies consumers of the amounts of chemicals in the products purchased.
Still, you're not at high risk for getting gall bladder or liver cancers. In the Swedish research, out of all the 70,000 adults over a period of 13 years, only 150 developed the rare cancers. Before you dismiss that statistic, however, check out this result. Those who chugged two or more sugary beverages a day, including juices, were more than twice as much to develop gall bladder tumors and 79% more likely to get liver cancer than those who preferred not to quench their thirst with soda. And this applies to both natural and artificially flavored soft drinks. There is such a thing as "too much of a good thing." And unfortunately, in this case, soda in excess is potentially harmful to your health.
So how do we ween ourselves off from the poison? To start, Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Medical Center, offers this sage advice:
This will take time and persistence. Start today by not purchasing sodas or fruit drinks. Re-stock your refrigerators with pitchers of water with slices of oranges or strawberries and seltzer.Good luck with that readers! It can be done!
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