Not many people will argue the claim that drinking soda is not good for your health, but when faced with the actual list of negative consequences, most will still be shocked. A single can of soda is packed with sugar. On average, it has 39 grams of it. For a comparison, that’s equal to sugar content of a classic, glazed donut. The unfortunate thing is that diet soda does not fare much better. Even those drinks marketed as healthier will add lots of calories and sugar, leading to weight gain.

Key Takeaways:

  • Soda averages 39 grams of sugar but it isn’t stopping 49 percent of the average American from drinking one per day.
  • Obesity is the clearest side effect of soda as one can will have about 140 calories but still leaving us hungry.
  • Soda consumption can manifest in diabetes, weight gain, but also many more effects such as behavior issues.

“While soda sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup comes with its own risks—from increased risk of ailments like diabetes and tooth disease—the diet stuff isn’t much better.”

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