How Soft Drinks Damage Your Liver

The results of animal experiments announced at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases has lent credence to the belief that sugary soft drinks play a role in the development of liver disease.

The effect of sugar-sweetened water was tested on the livers of mice. Another group was fed artificially sweetened water as a comparison.

Examination of the livers of the mice showed an increased incidence of fatty liver disease, especially among mice who were given the type of sugar called fructose.

High fructose consumption may be directly toxic to the liver, as well as causing damage through over-feeding.

There is an increasing prevalence of liver disease in the United States, and the increased consumption of high fructose corn syrup in foods such as soft drinks may be partly to blame.


Dr. Mercola's Comments:


Add non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) to the array of health problems associated with consuming soft drinks chock full of refined carbohydrates such as high fructose corn syrup and sucrose.

No wonder that one of the best and simplest things you can do for your body is to give up soft drinks for good, especially considering the average American drinks an estimated 60 GALLONS of soda every year, and one extra can of the sweet stuff can add up to 15 extra pounds over the course of a year.

Soft drinks are the leading source for calories in America and are one of the primary reasons why there is an obesity epidemic. And given how many illnesses they can cause, they could rightfully be called osteoporosis, diabetes, and cancer in a can.

And don't trust the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas to come to your rescue. They may not have affected the livers of mice in this study, but they have been linked to a host of other problems that I extensively review in my new book, Sweet Deception.

One of the best things you can do for your overall health is to make the switch to clean fresh water.

I really believe that stopping soda is relatively easy for most people but if you have trouble kicking your soda habit, consider the free Turbo Tapping, an effective variation of the Emotional Freedom Technique, to work through your soda addictions.



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