Does Soda Leave You Flat?

Soda, pop, or coke—no matter what you call them—contain high amounts of added sugar that pose risk to your health. And it doesn’t stop with soft drinks.

Regularly drinking any sugar- sweetened beverages can cause adverse health effects.

“Enjoying the occasional sugar-sweetened drink isn’t detrimental,” says Matthew Gordon, MD, Family Medicine Provider with Carson Tahoe Health. “It becomes problematic when you consume them on a regular basis.”

One recent report published in the Journal of the American Heart Association revealed that drinking 12 ounces of sugary drinks more than once daily is linked to reduced levels of “good” cholesterol and higher levels of triglycerides—a combination which increases your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Drink This, Not That

Dr. Gordon suggests water as the healthiest option to stay hydrated. But if water gets boring, here are some sugary drink alternatives to switch things up:

Coffee—Drink it black or swap syrups and creamer for real cream.

Tea—Try herbal options without adding sugar or use an artificial sweetener.

Soda—Combine sparkling water with fresh fruit.

Sports drinks—Opt for a low- sugar option.

Energy drinks—Take a walk. Wait, a walk? “If you are wanting a jolt in your day, energy drinks may not cut it,” Dr. Gordon says. “They often have more sugar than caffeine, leaving you sluggish and fatigued after the effects wear off. Instead, go outside and exercise. Exercise gives you a boost of energy and helps you feel better.”

To learn more about your risk factors for cardiovascular disease, schedule an appointment with a provider. Find one at www.carsontahoe.com