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How Soft Drinks Damage Your Liver

Add non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) to the array of health problems associated with consuming soft drinks chock full of refined carbohydrates such as high fructose corn syrup and sucrose, according to a new report.

Researchers came to that conclusion after testing the effect water sweetened with sugar had on the health of mice. During their experiments, some mice could access sugar water, while others were given a liquid containing an artificial sweetener.

Interestingly, mice drinking water sweetened with glucose, fructose and sucrose may have eaten fewer calories but they gained more weight over the course of the study than those exposed to artificial sweeteners that have been linked to higher rates of lymphoma, leukemia and other cancer in rats.

No wonder, one of the best and simplest things you can do for your body is to give up soft drinks for good, especially considering the average American drinks an estimated 60 gallons of soda every year, and one extra can of the sweet stuff can add up to 15 extra pounds over the course of a year.

If you have trouble kicking this troublesome habit, consider Turbo Tapping, an effective variation of the Emotional Freedom Technique to work through your soda addictions.

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases October 27, 2006

Scientific American November 1, 2006