The harms of sugary drinks
How drinking too many sugary drinks can affect your health
- Poor nutrition: Sugary drinks contain mostly sugar and water. They provide calories but little, if any, nutritional value.
- Tooth decay: Sipping sugary drinks, especially ones high in acid (e.g., sports drinks or pop) can lead to tooth decay. Sugary drinks mix with bacteria in the mouth to produce acid. Acid erodes enamel, which can lead to cavities. Diet drinks may not contain sugar but they do contain acid.
- Take the place of healthier beverages in the diet: When the frequent choice is a sugary drink instead of milk or water, it can affect the intake of important nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D. Some research suggests that people who drink this “liquid candy” do not feel as full as if they had eaten the same calories from solid food and do not compensate by eating less.
- Negative health effects: Drinking too many sugary drinks is linked to increased energy intake and health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and type 2 diabetes.