16. Metabolic Changes
A2013 study of healthy, slim adults found that drinking twenty-six ounces of soft drinks per day for four weeks changed their entire body metabolisms: fat mass, blood glucose, enzymatic activity, and insulin resistance increased while muscle activity decreased. (28) That after just one month.
A Boston University study found that: “In those who drink one or more soft drinks daily, there was an association of an increased risk of developing the metabolic syndrome.” The results were the same whether the drink was regular or diet. (29) This greatly increases the risks for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
18. Mineral Depletion
Cola decreases bone mineral density, which leads to osteoporosis. (30)
Sodium and potassium benzoate are common preservatives used in soft drinks. Sodium benzoate affects DNA (that’s right—the basic, fundamental building block of all life), inactivating it within cells. (31) Potassium benzoate has precisely the same effect when combined with citric acid, another preservative and flavor enhancer. What kills any potential mold or bacterium is literally killing you at the cellular level. In addition, potassium benzoate can cause serious skin and eye irritation and damage. (32) It is a chemical, after all.