Did you know just one soft drink can shorten your life by 12 minutes?

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

30th Aug, 2021. 11:47 am
Did you know just one soft drink can shorten your life by 12 minutes?

Consumption of soft drinks is on the rise these days, but did you know that drinking a soft drink shortens 12 minutes of a healthy life?

The claim was made in a new medical study examining the effects of diet on human health and the environment.

The study, published in the journal Nature Foods, examined more than 5,800 foods and rated them useful or harmful.

The study by the University of Michigan in the United States found that the use of fast food has increased in recent times, but on a daily basis, it is very difficult to know the extent to which individual choices affect our health and the environment.

Research has found that replacing only 10% of total calories from beef and processed meat on a daily basis with grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, pulses and certain seafood can add 48 minutes to a healthy life.

The same diet can also help improve the environment.

Researchers estimated the effects of diet on human health using data from a large study.

The results show that the negative effects of processed meat, beef and other foods from ground fruits, vegetables, pulses, nuts and seafood can be significantly reduced.

The researchers said that the results show that minor lifestyle changes are beneficial to health and the environment and do not require dramatic dietary changes.

Soft drinks are the most widely consumed beverage in the world, and in the United States alone, the average person consumes 57 litres of soda a year, but how it affects the body is extremely frightening.

As soon as you swallow a soft drink, the pancreas becomes aware of it and immediately starts making insulin for sugar. As you know, insulin is the thing that transfers sugar from food or drinks to the bloodstream. Where cells use it for energy. Within just 20 minutes, blood sugar rises and the liver stores sugar by converting it into fat.

Within 45 minutes, the caffeine in a soft drink is completely absorbed into the body, which in turn raises blood pressure and the body begins to make more dopamine, which triggers a feeling of pleasure in the middle of the brain like you intake substandard cocaine.

After an hour, the body experiences a drop in blood sugar levels, which remains low until another drink or something sweet is consumed. But that is not the end of the matter if you make it a habit to use these drinks. Then we must be prepared to face these dangers.

Risk of cancer increases

Numerous medical research reports have linked the use of various types of cancer to soft drinks, with only two sugary drinks a week increasing insulin levels, which doubles the risk of pancreatic cancer. Similarly, daily consumption of one drink can increase the risk of bladder cancer by up to 40% in men, while daily consumption of one and a half cans increases the risk of breast cancer in women.

Heart disease

Researchers in the United States have found a strong link between the number of calories consumed in the daily diet with sweetened beverages and the death rate from arterial problems, and claim that three cans of soft drinks a day can cause heart disease. Increase the risk of


It is well known that too much sugar causes type 2 diabetes, according to a study, the use of these sweet drinks has multiplied the number of diabetics in the world.

Liver damage

According to a study, these sweet drinks can cause liver fat disease and consuming two cans a day is enough to damage the liver.

Effects on Brain

As well as having side effects on the body, these drinks also alter the protein levels of the brain, which increases the risk of hyperactivity.

Premature ageing

The phosphorus in these drinks speeds up the journey towards ageing, not only causing wrinkles but also causing medical complications such as kidney disease and narrowing of the arteries with age.


It is clear that the more calories the body burns, the higher the risk of obesity. Interestingly, diet drinks also cause us to lose weight, according to a study by people who consume these drinks. Obesity is three times higher than those who live far away from them.


In the United States, rats were given the equivalent of five cans of sweetened beverages and were found to have increased levels of toxins in their brains, suggesting that these drinks may also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.


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