Spotlight on…Soda Addiction
If you find yourself running to the vending machine for cola fixes throughout the workday, you may want to kick the habit — and fast. Two new studies link drinking regular soda with increased health risks in women.Women who down two or more cans per day are almost twice as likely to show early signs of kidney disease, according to one study from Loyola University Health System in Illinois. And another study, from researchers at Simmons College in Boston, found that daily intake of two or more sodas or other sugary drinks (such as those sweetened with fruit juice) upped women’s risk of coronary heart disease by 35 percent. The likely culprit? The large amounts of sugar-based sweeteners contained in these beverages. If you’re thirsty, drink more water. For added flavor without a ton of sugar, toss a lemon, lime or orange slice into a glass of water or seltzer — or dilute one part fruit juice with three parts water. Because Dr Pepper is one doc who will not improve your health.