Their advertisements are so enticing. The sound of the drink pouring into a class that has ice cubes makes you feel thirsty and before you know it, you have one in your hand. These are soft drinks. They are named soft but what they do to your body can be termed as hard damage.
The biggest risk for regular soda drinkers is the excess calories, says Lona Sandon, RD, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. "The calories in regular soda are coming entirely from added sugar, and you're not getting any value in terms of vitamins or minerals, or even good quality carbohydrates," she says.