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Does drinking soda harm oral or heart health?

Drinking soda can have a negative effect on our bodies. Soda pop, like other sugary foods, can contribute to tooth decay, by providing bacteria with a fermentable carbohydrate. 

For heart health, the biggest concern with consumption of soda is its link to an unhealthy increase in body weight. Maintaining a healthy weight, through good nutrition and physical activity, is important in the prevention of heart disease.
Some research has found that drinking soda is linked to  tooth decay in older and younger people. It has also been linked to obesity, which is also a risk factor for heart disease. Drinking soda or soft drinks is known to lead to obesity, and people who drink these beverages may be less likely to exercise. Better choices are milk, fruit juices, and water.

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