Illustrated by Clay Hickson.
We were all teenagers at one point; we know that just being told not to do something, without a reason, doesn't cut it. In fact, it may make us want to do it even more. And, while we're all aware that sodas aren't exactly nutrient-packed green juices, there are plenty of us who are still guilty of guzzling a can or two on a regular basis. If this is you, read on.
Although more and more people are becoming aware of the hazards of a soda habit, here are a few frightening facts you may not have known — and which may help quell your inner rebellious teen.
Soda takes a toll on your body from head-to-toe: A recent study finds that consuming two eight-ounce sugary drinks per day increases your risk of having a stroke by up to 22%. What's more, somehow soda slips past the regular preventative measures. A study from earlier this year suggests that exercise might not be able to counteract the effects of routine soda-sipping. And, earlier research has (unsurprisingly) found links between sugary drinks, diabetes, and obesity.