While many of us love a nice cold can of coke with our meal, we also know that soda isn't exactly the best thing for our health. You've all more than likely heard of all the negative effects soda has on the body, but for some reason, it doesn't exactly make us drink it any less.<
Perhaps however, once you hear what one study recently discovered, you'll take it down a notch when it comes to your fizzy drinks. It turns out, soda not only bloats us and ruins our skin -- but it actually makes us gain weight in all the WRONG places. And no, we're not just talking about our thighs or stomach.
According to a study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute -- people who drink soda gain fat wrapped around their internal organs. Today.com recently reported that people who drank sugary drinks "gained 27 percent more of this so-called visceral fat than people who never or almost never drank them."
Here's how the study worked: They looked at over 1,000 volunteers who filled out food diaries and agreed to have scans showing exactly how much of their body fat was located inside the abdomen. After 6 years, they came back for a final scan and needless to say, the results were SHOCKING.
While pretty much all of the volunteers gained weight and visceral fat, those who drank soda every day gained the most out of the group -- an average of 852 cubic centimeters more! Yikes!
So, what's the moral of the story? Soda is possibly linked to fat around the organs and we should all be weary of drinking it as often as we'd like.
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