Metabolic Syndrome and Soft Drink Consumption
Regular soft drinks contain sugar, which adds calories to your diet. Sugary drinks
also raise insulin levels. This causes you to put on more visceral fat—fat deep inside,
around the stomach and other organs. Too much visceral fat can raise certain blood
proteins, and that can lead to metabolic syndrome.
When insulin is high after a sugary drink, it may increase hunger. That hunger may
lead to overeating. You might even reach for another soda, thus continuing the cycle.
Even diet soda can be a problem. Studies have shown that drinking diet soda on a regular
basis can actually lead to weight gain. The exact reason is still unknown. It might
be that diet soda triggers the insulin response. Or, it might be that people tend
to drink diet soda along with sugary foods that have this effect.
Try to stop drinking or drink less of both regular and diet soft drinks. If you drink
soda, pair it with raw fruits and vegetables or nuts. The fiber in these foods can
help control the insulin response.
Make use of the new nutrition labels on foods that will identify grams of added sugar
in drinks and other foods. This will help you to choose healthier alternatives.