7 Ways Soda Affects Your Health

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That fizzing, bubbling, sweet soda concoctions are unhealthy is no news, but have you ever stopped to consider how the drink impacts your health? Food MythBusters did, and provided the information on its website. The organization is dedicated to exposing what is really happening to our food, and what is going on in the food industry. According to Food MythBusters, here are seven ways soda can negatively impact your health.

1. Asthma

The sodium benzoate found in soda has been linked to rashes, eczema, and asthma. It is used as a preservative, but adds more than just shelf-life. Additional sodium is put into the consumer’s diet, while potassium levels decrease. It is estimated that asthma contributes $18 billion in costs to the health care system each year, and that 11 Americans die each day from asthma.

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