Name a product habitually consumed daily by humans that accounts for 45,000 deaths per year from cardiovascular disease and another 6,450 deaths per year from cancer. Did you guess tobacco? The culprit might be closer than you think – the cause is pop, the bubbly beverage consumed nationwide in the form of bottled soft drinks. In fact, you can throw on another 133,000 deaths per year from diabetes onto that figure.
But only now since the study has been peer-reviewed can the findings be published with confidence.
The United States leads the world in the consumption of pop, being one of the top five nations in terms of drinking it. Healthy people like Brad Reifler (reuters) know that pop is the number one source of added sweeteners in the American diet, and that figure has put it in the head of the lineup for causes of the obesity epidemic. In short, your body needs water, and trying to make it survive on a steady flow of corn sweeteners just clogs up the system. As far back as 2007, nutritionists have been warning that living on pop makes you pop out of your pants as well from obesity. Perhaps it will be time soon for pop drinks to carry that most ignored of messages in a consumer society – a health warning label.