It is well-documented that, due to their high sugar content, regular consumption of soft drinks has been linked to the development of various health problems including diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

A new study has suggested that their negative physiological effects may be even more far-reaching, however, concluding that even consuming just one soda per day can cause premature aging.

The study identified that sodas affect telomeres, the protective caps found on the ends of our chromosomes, by increasing the rate at which they decrease in size. This happens naturally as we get older, but drinking sugary sodas hastens the process significantly.
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We’ve already reported that women, especially, should not drink cola and soda pop has been blamed for obesity in the US. This may be one reason why the Coca-Cola Company is diversifying. It has announced that it will buy a company that makes vitamin-infused water for over $4 million.

In the Indepdendent, Martin Hickman writes: “A new health scare erupted over soft drinks?amid evidence they may cause serious cell damage. Research from a British university suggests a common preservative found in drinks such as Fanta and Pepsi Max has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA.” Consumption of the preservative sodium Benzoate can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver and diseases such as Parkinson’s.
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