We all like to think we’re entitled to just one bad habit. After all, a little indulgence can’t hurt, right?
Besides, we all know people with some terrible habits who seem to defy the odds and do just fine. You know, like the heavy smoker who makes it to 90. And the pal who survives on French fries, candy, and pizza but never gains an ounce.
Or when the local news interviews someone celebrating a 105th birthday who says the secret to a long life is bacon and beer. God bless ’em!
But don’t count on that kind of luck for yourself. One bad habit could ruin your health. And new research proves it. The study confirmed how a single common bad habit could do a LOT of damage.
Don’t worry, I’m not here to kill ALL your fun. In fact, along with revealing this one bad habit you need to quit ASAP, I intend to share with you a different “bad” habit you can hang on to.
And believe it or not, it’s straight from that list of examples above.
A LITTLE soda can do a LOT of damage
Let me just give you the spoiler right out of the gate. ANY amount… and kind… of soda is harmful to your health.
So, don’t fool yourself into thinking if you only drink it a few times a week or you stick to “diet” soft drinks, it’s okay. It’s not.
In fact, the new research reveals that even a little bit of soda can take a heavy toll on your cardiovascular health. And it doesn’t even matter if it’s “regular” or “diet.” If anything, the diet soft drinks may actually be WORSE.
The new French study finds that the problems begin with an average of just 6.2 ounces of soda a day. That barely half a can of the stuff daily. And less than four cans per week.
That seemingly “small” amount of sugar-sweetened sodas could increase your risk of cardiovascular events such as a heart attack by 20 percent. And for “diet” drinks, the risk is HIGHER, even if you drink LESS.
Just under 6 ounces a day of diet soft drinks could increase your heart risk by a third, according to the research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The “bad” habit that could IMPROVE your health
Those stats are disturbing enough on their own. But when you factor in, most of the study volunteers were healthy by nearly every other measure, and they become even more sobering.
Nearly all of the participants had a normal weight. There weren’t many smokers among them. And very few of the volunteers had pre-existing conditions such as diabetes.
In other words, they probably thought they were in the clear. They likely were convinced just like most of us that it would be safe to enjoy that “one little bad habit.”
But it’s not. And I think it’s a safe bet that having certain risk factors such as diabetes or being overweight could lead to MORE health troubles from even a little bit of soda.
Stick to water, coffee, or tea instead.
Still want one “bad” habit? That beer I mentioned earlier isn’t nearly as “bad” as it’s made out to be. If you’re a teetotaler, I’d never recommend you start drinking alcohol. But suppose you already enjoy having a cold one now and again. In that case, it’s certainly a lot better for your health than soda in any amount.
Studies even show that in some cases, a moderate alcohol habit could actually IMPROVE your health. In fact, I recently wrote about how alcohol could help PROTECT your brain and drive down dementia risk. But you need to enjoy it in a specific way to reap the benefits. Click here for the details.
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