Why are carbonated drinks harmful to our brains?
Have you ever thought that carbonated diet drinks are harmful to your brain? Scientists are just in shock. Before you open another can of coke, think about the possible consequences.
Why is soda harmful for our body?
The list of flaws is quite long.There is absolutely no nutritional value in it, it harms our teeth. In fact, it does not quench thirst, but contributes to obesity, the appearance of osteoporosis, increases blood sugar levels, and leads to many other health problems. According to a study published in a single journal, the presence of fructose in sugary drinks can greatly harm our brain.
A group of scientists has found that lovers of regular consumption of sugary drinks have not such a good memory as others. What is most terrible is that in soda lovers, the hippocampus is reduced in size - an important part of the human brain responsible for learning and memory.
In another study, it was proved that people who consume soda and sugary drinks every day were several times more likely to get a stroke and dementia, which is not true, for example, about green tea lovers.
The results of the research
The first study included the processing of specific data, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the results of cognitive testing.
About 4,000 people took part in this study. A group of "excessive consumption" of soda and diet drinks was created. These are those who drank two glasses or more of cola or other sugary soft drinks a day.
In this group of subjects, scientists found multiple signs of strong and rapid aging of the brain, as well as its small total volume, poor episodic memory, and pathologically reduced hippocampus. These are the symptoms that manifest Alzheimer's disease in the first stage. They also proved that regular consumption of such harmful drinks (at least once a day) leads to a decrease in brain volume. During the second study, the focus was on specific diseases.
Participation was taken by people who suffered a stroke or were threatened with it, as well as those who have been diagnosed with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. The researchers recorded the number of drinks consumed by the subjects three times during seven years, then they observed these people for 10 years. They tried to see how many people from 2888 people over the age of 45 will have a stroke, and how many participants from 1484 people over 60 years old will have dementia. Although they did not find a direct connection between taking sugary drinks and stroke or dementia, they found that those subjects who drank at least one dietary cola per day were prone to developing stroke and dementia several times more than other people.
It is important to note that the results of both studies show the relationship, but not the exact cause and its consequence.