We all know that sugary soft drinks are full of empty calories, but a new study has found that soda may do more than expand the waistline. In fact, researchers found that when women drank two sugar sodas a day they were more likely to develop heart disease, even if they didn't gain weight.
Presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions, researchers studied about 4,000 women and found that those who drank more sugary soda were more likely to have heart disease and diabetes than those women who had one soft drink a day or less. They were also more likely to be overweight. However, the risk of heart disease was increased no matter if the woman was overweight or not. In the past, most researchers believed soda was linked to heart disease risk because of weight gain — not because of the sugary drink itself.
In fact, women who drank more sweet, fizzy beverages were nearly four times as likely to develop high levels of triglyceride blood fats, which can lead to blocked arteries and increase the risk of stroke, according to The Daily Mail. The negative effects of full-sugar drinks were not seen in men.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.