If you haven’t kicked your soda habit yet, now might be a good time to start. Need an incentive? We’ve got one!
New research suggests that people who drink sugary beverages every day tend to accumulate more deep belly fat over time. The study observed over 1,000 adults, and found that those who downed at least one sugar-sweetened drink a day had a larger increase in deep abdominal fat over the next six years. That’s one measly soda – or perhaps it’s even your favorite juice — per day.
The results are eyebrow-raising because deep abdominal fat — visceral fat — surrounds a number of vital organs and is particularly unhealthy.
“Visceral fat is the kind that’s closely associated with the risks of type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” said Alice Lichtenstein, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association, who was not involved in the study.
This isn’t the first time research has linked sugary drinks to health hazards. The moral of the story? Skip the soda – and the sugar.