Soda Is Destroying Your Waistline AND Your DNA (Says Science)

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Put down the Diet Coke and slowly back away.

Think that daily cup o' soda is something you're sneaking into your diet? Wrongo, chica. Your mouth knows what's it drinking. And even though your body craves it, your insides are screaming like a Iggy Azaela ballad. 

Of course, it's hard to actually hear your gut begging for mercy, especially when your brain full of cravings and tastebuds full of desire are the entire trumpet section. It's easy to ignore the signs. It's easy to chalk your Return of Monster Teen Acne up to hormones. It's easy to wonder if your weight gain is a result of simply forgetting the gym for a month straight. And it might be. Bodies are, after all, very complicated. Things happen. Skin gets wrinkly and muffin tops happen.

Still. As miraculously complex as the human body is, there are a few basic truths about the way it ticks. And one of those truths is: soda ain't good for the body. Even just one can of soda a day can affect everything from your bones to your butt size, but more importantly? One can of soda a day can destroys your DNA. In a recent American Journal of Public Health article, Cindy Leung and Elissa Epel explain that one can of soda a day contributes to "shorter telomeres [DNA that protects chromosomes] in ... white blood cells." What does that mean? Well, shorter telomeres are "associated with age-related diseases, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease." Yikes! We'll keep our telomeres nice and long, thanks!

So, sit back, crack open a sparkly water, and sip your way through these eleven soda facts that'll have you glad you've decided to kick that 20-oz fountain soda habit, STAT.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your primary health physician for further advice.