Patricia Bannan, author of Eat Right When Time Is Tight, told The Huffington Post to always say no to soda. “Not only does it taste overly sweet, it’s such a waste of calories. A 12-ounce can of soda has almost 40 grams of sugar, and research shows excess sugar can lead to excess pounds and a myriad of health issues. If you do love a soda, limit it to once or twice a month, and get used to other options like citrus-infused water or non-sugared ice tea.”
Looking for proof that sodas are bad? Rodale’s Organic Life writes a few of soda’s disturbing side effects include an increase in body fat, a higher risk of developing cancer, and accelerated aging.