It's hard to find someone who doesn't enjoy soda. Whether the person in it for the bubbles, the caffeine, or the sweetness, drinking a soda is a cheap way to get an enjoyable treat. Unfortunately, the ever-growing rise in popularity of soda — and the enormous amounts of sugar it contains — is doing disastrous things for human health.
Sugar hits reward centers in the brain, making us addicted to sweetness in a way that is actually on par with hard drug addictions. Anyone who has tried to drastically reduce sugar consumption all at once can attest to the withdrawal feelings sugar can bring, which is part of why it is such a hard habit to break.
There is some good news, though. By slowly reducing sugar intake, the brain can be retrained and won't crave sweetness as much. A recent study even found that if soda manufacturers were to gradually reduce the amount of sugar used in their recipes, consumers would hardly notice this slight difference over time and it could prevent millions of cases of obesity.
Of course, weight gain is not the only negative effect soda brings to the body. The high levels of sugar, or sugar substitutes and high-fructose corn syrup, bring their own problems as they damage metabolism and the cardiovascular system, along with organ damage.
In their latest video, the guys over at AsapSCIENCE break down what happens inside the body when we drink soda and talk about what happens when soda is regularly chosen over water.
Check out the video and learn exactly what happens when we drink soda here:
Did this video make you rethink your soda drinking habits? Let us know in the comments!
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