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What are the risks of drinking soda?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The average American drinks 53 gallons of soda a year; if it's regular soda, that comes to about 49 pounds of sugar. Soda is loaded with caffeine, high-fructose corn syrup, and calories. In addition to contributing to weight gain, drinking soda increases your risk of diabetes, bone weakening, and tooth decay.

High-fructose corn syrup, used in most non-diet sodas, raises blood sugar faster than regular cane sugar. Because the body converts this extra sugar into fat, research suggests that high-fructose corn syrup is particularly associated with increased body fat and obesity.
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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