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Soft Drinks and Your Heart

People who regularly consume soft drinks all have something in common - a higher risk of heart disease. Are you one of them?

Unfortunately, even if you drink just one 12-ounce soft drink a day, whether it's regular or the diet kind, you may be.

Why?

Drinking one or more 12-ounce sodas per day is associated with a higher incidence of heart-disease risk factors.

So what's in soda that's so bad for your ticker? Might be nothing, actually. Those people who frequent the soft drink aisle may simply share some unhealthy habits. Like hitting up the candy and chips aisle too. Or skipping their workouts.

Then again, there could be some ingredient in soft drinks that's not so good for your body, like coloring or flavor additives.

If you love a soda now and then, do a quick whole-health inventory, and make sure you're not doing anything else that could potentially boost your blood pressure, blood sugar, waist size, triglycerides or cholesterol.

Of course, when it comes to quenching your thirst, nothing beats water.