Are you one of the many that crave your afternoon caffeine boost in the form of a sugary, bubbly beverage? As adults, we know that soda isn’t the best choice of beverage, yet the taste and energy boost are hard to pass up. But new research is uncovering that soda may do more than perk you up and expand your waistline. Current Nutrition Reports recently shared that drinking sugar-sweetened drinks like soda impacts your gut bacteria, causes inflammation, and increases oxidated stress. Do you know what all those things have in common? They’re causes of early aging. In fact, researchers from the University of California San Francisco shared, “For a daily consumption of the current standard 20-ounce serving size for sugar-sweetened sodas, this corresponds to 4.6 additional years of aging.”
So, why exactly does it cause that type of accelerated aging? Let’s dig a little deeper.