More Studies Confirm: Soft Drinks Increase Diabetes Risk

Coke Increases Diabetes by 20 percent

Need another reason to kick your soda habit for good? In a study published in Europe, researchers have shown that drinking just one 12 ounce can of sugary soda per day increases the chance of diabetes by over 20%. Download the study here.

Reminder – a can of soda contains 140 calories and absolutely no nutritional benefit, just 10 teaspoons of sugar. But massive advertising by Coca Cola and PepsiCo keep us guzzling down these beverages. In fact, as we wrote just 2 days ago, pop is the #3 source of calories for kids, and #4 for adults.

Every year, another million people become diabetic. Type 2 diabetes is a terrible disease that is irreversible and heavily burdens both individuals and the healthcare system. Does anyone still think public health measures, such as taxing soda, limiting serving sizes, or other innovative steps to reduce consumption are such a bad idea?

Before you chime in with usual “free choice” and “adults,” consider the billions of dollars spent annually marketing and advertising soft drinks, getting our kids hooked from a very young age. If this wouldn’t work, beverage companies would not spend so much on advertising. So NO, it’s not really a free country. NO, we don’t really have a choice. Not most of us.

You want healthcare reform? Start with soft drinks…

  • Alice

    Alice says: So long as many nutrition professionals keep repeating “there are no bad foods, only bad diets” the situation will continue to worsen. This is equivalent to “There are no bad foods until you eat them”. Thus meaningless trivia is continually peddled as professional, independent advice. See

    • Fooducate

      That’s a nice site you put together Alice!

  • GG

    I think people do a disservice to consumers when they make broad statements about “sodas” or “soft drinks,” when what they really mean is full-calorie, sugary sodas. I don’t know anyone who drinks those — most people drink Diet Coke or Coke Zero. It makes people just tune out the message, even though there is research suggesting that diet sodas may have negative (but different) health effects as well — but that information gets lost amid the headlines about sugary, high-calorie sodas.

    • Fooducate

      Stats don’t lie. The top drink is sugar soda.

  • Nicole

    Soda isnt food..its a product, like cigarettes, that our body has no use for and is only consumed for pleasure (not nutrition), and at the same time harms our bodies…even just one a day (or “in moderation” as people like to say to justify drinking it). Not everything is good in moderation.

  • Vicki Stevens

    I’m confused by the statement that type II diabetes is “irreversible.” Drs. Fuhrman, Cousins and others have shown that it is reversible, through diet.

    • Fooducate

      prediabetes is reversible.

  • ric kar

    that is a lot of sugar, no wonder it is one of the reasons for diabetes

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