Let me just start by saying that I'm not saying that you should NEVER drink carbonated soda. I'm not trying to demonize anyone who likes to enjoy a sugary drink every now and then. I'm speaking more to those who like to throw back a can or two or three every day.
We all know someone like this. People who do nothing but drink soda and play video games all day. While I'm far from a hater of sweet foods or video games, there has to be some auto-regulation in there or the health consequences can be disastrous.
First lets talk about what's in a typical soda. For this we'll take a look at your standard can of coke. One 8 fl oz can contains Carbonated Water, Sugar, Color (Caramel E150d), Phosphoric Acid, Natural Flavors and clocks in at 140 calories with 35 grams of sugar.
Soft drinks like Coke contain sugar, and not much else.
Carbonated soft drinks fit the definition of empty calories, meaning that there is zero nutritional value in them. The calories are comprised of 100% refined sugar with nothing else going for it. In the context of using it as a preworkout, it may not be a terrible choice, but there are certainly better options. However, most people are not that strategic when it comes to foods like this and usually sit around doing nothing while consuming it, causing these super fast digesting sugars to quickly turn into body fat.
So now let's dive into the effects of daily consumption of sugary soft drinks.
All of the above symptoms of chronic soda consumption are individually linked for your convenience. There are some very alarming studies linking soda to some nasty stuff including DNA damage!
Cutting empty calories out of your diet is a great first step in taking back your health. If you're a chronic drinker of soda, try cutting back and tapering off. Stop buying 12 packs and limit yourself to enjoying these beverages sparingly. You don't have to stop drinking soda forever, but controlling your intake is highly recommended.
Even if you feel healthy and your blood work is clean right now, it will certainly catch up with you soon enough.