HOW OUR BODY REACTS TO SOFT DRINKS/SODA DRINKS | SIDE EFFECTS OF SOFT SODA DRINKS
The Painful Side Effect of Soda
Add this to the roster of reasons you save soda for only rare prime-number birthday parties: they might be at the root of kidney stones.
Certain sugar-sweetened beverages (we’re looking at you, root beer float) put you at higher risk for painful kidney stones, according to a new study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Researchers analyzed 16 years of health data from about 194,000 participants, all involved in large cohort studies. The results, published inClinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, showed that while doctors advise guzzling lots of liquid to ward off kidney stones, not every drink will do the trick.
Who’s the bad guy in your beverage? Surprise, surprise: it’s fructose, which previous studies have found to be associated with kidney stones. Fructose increases excretion of calcium, oxalate, and uric acid, which contribute to stone formation.
And it isn’t the soda guzzlers and Big Gulp gulpers that are at risk. Participants who drank at least one sugar-sweetened cola per day had a 23% higher risk of developing kidney stones than those who popped open less than one can a week. Artificially sweetened drinks didn’t show any statistically significant trends either way. But punch-sippers’ sugar habits made them 23% more likely to develop stones.
That’s not to say you’re stuck with plain old water if you want to drink a kidney-stone-safe diet. People who drank at least one cup of caffeinated coffee had a 26% lower risk; decaf javaholics were 16% less likely to suffer from stones; and a daily cup of tea slashed risk by 11%. Orange juice, though it’s high in fructose, also cuts risk by 12%, since it’s also rich in stone-mitigating potassium citrate. And allow us to present a soda swap you won’t mind one bit: red wine drowns out risk by 31%, white wine by 33%, and beer by a whopping 41%.
Confused about kidney stones? About 7% of women and 11% of men suffer from them, and they’re usually recurrent.
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