Soda and other sweetened drinks cause180,000 deaths around the world each year, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions. They contribute to obesity which increases diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
Mexico has the highest consumption of sugary beverages and the highest death rate linked to sugary beverages, at 318 deaths per million adults. Japan has the lowest consumption of sugary beverages and the lowest death rate at 10 deaths per million adults. Based on various scientific studies, the American Heart Association recommends that adults consume no more than 450 calories per week from sugar-sweetened beverages. Please realize that means 3 cans per week. Each can typically has about 40 grams of sugar.
That does not mean that artificial sweeteners are better. Many of the sweeteners have been shown to spike blood insulin levels. People that consume artificial sweeteners become fatter than people that consume sugared drinks for several reasons. Drink water.
PS If you are going drink soda, drink something really good. I must admit that
I enjoyed the soda in the picture.