Another Soda Health Warning—This One’s for the Guys

Another Soda Health Warning—This One’s for the Guys

There are startling uses for Coca-Cola, ranging from removing gum from your child’s hair to wiping out slugs and snails in your vegetable garden (sugar entices them; acid finishes them off). In fact, Dr. Mike was on Dr. Oz’s show last month to demonstrate that Coke was great at cleaning toilets. Tip: Only by pouring it directly into the bowl.

So it’s really no surprise that a big study of more than 42,000 middle aged men, ages 45 to 79, found that guzzling two or more sodas and fruity drinks daily (including artificially sweetened ones) increased a guy’s risk for heart failure by almost 25 percent!

This information follows on the heels of mountains of research showing that for young, middle aged, and older guys and gals drinking sodas and sugar-added juices contributes to everything from obesity to fatty liver disease. So let’s look at better ways to quench your thirst and boost your health at the same time.

Go for water: You can flavor it with lemon or lime slices or pineapple and watermelon chunks. Also, enjoy caffeinated water, pulp-in fruit juices, coffee and tea.

While there’s no specific recommendation for how much water you should DRINK a day (that depends on the content in the food you eat, your health, age and level of activity), the Dietary Reference Intake from food and liquid is 91 to 125 fluid ounces. Generally, you’ll need to drink 50 to 60 ounces a day. Your skin, guts, heart and brain will say Cheers!

Medically reviewed in December 2019.

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