Nonetheless, that doesn’t stop plenty of people from consuming vast amounts of soda. According to a 2012 poll by Gallup, in fact, 48 percent of Americans consume soda every single day. And of that number, one-fifth drink more than one glass per day, with the daily average coming in at an eye-opening 2.6 glasses.
Why are those statistics worrying? Well, there are all sorts of reasons why soda is bad for you – but virtually zero reasons why it’s good for you. “It has absolutely no nutritional value,” American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Keri M. Gans told Everyday Health in 2008. “Soda is filled with sugar and calories and nothing else.”
Those calories can add up quickly. The simple sugars in soda don’t trigger your brain’s satiety centers in the same manner as more complex sugars such as glucose. So while your body might tell you to stop eating after a while, it won’t tell you to stop guzzling soda. It’s no surprise, then, that several studies have shown a link between soda consumption and obesity.