Earlier in the year, scientists issued a warning over fizzy drinks, claiming that they cause a death toll of 184,000 adults every year.
But this is not the first time they have been put under the spotlight. Full of sugar, chemicals and (usually) with zero nutritional value, fizzy drinks are something that we have been warned against on countless occasions, even if they do look appealing when the sun comes out.
And it’s not just the ‘full-fat’ versions. Diet fizzy drinks can also have extremely harmful effects.
Here are 11 reasons to try and quit your fizzy drink habit.
- They can increase our risk of cancer
There have been many studies that have looked at the links between various types of cancer and fizzy drink consumption. They suggest:
- Drinking just two sugary soft drinks a week increases the amount of insulin the pancreas produces and can double the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
- Drinking just one fizzy drink a day could increase a man’s chance of developing prostate cancer by around 40 per cent.
- Drinking just one-and-a-half cans a day can increase a girl’s breast cancer risk by per cent.
- Some chemicals that are used to colour soft drinks can cause cancer.
- They can raise our risk of heart disease
Scientists in America found a strong link between the proportion of daily calories from foods laden with added sugars (like fizzy drinks) and death rates from cardiovascular disease. They claimed that drinking three cans a day could triple our risk of heart disease. Read more