As if we didn’t need more bad food news, this latest heartbreaking report is sure to have you feeling less bubbly. A new study suggests soda can cause heart failure. If you’re still standing after that news, take a sip of Coke and read on.
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According to the study, people who drank two or more sodas a day were 23 percent more likely to suffer heart failure.
Researchers suggest the sodas cause the heart to work harder, leading to an increased heart risk.
Heart failure is thought to affect more than 23 million people worldwide, nearly 6 million of whom live in the US.
“The takeaway message is that people who regularly consume sweetened beverages should consider limiting their consumption to reduce their risk of heart failure,” said co-author Dr. Susanna Larsson of the Stockholm Karolinska Institutet.
“Based on their results, the best message for a preventive strategy would be to recommend an occasional consumption of sweetened beverages or to avoid them altogether,” the researchers concluded.