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It is a nearly impossible task to deem soda consumption harmless, whether it's a diet soda, "zero" soda, or sugar-laden creation. That excess soda consumption wreaks havoc on the body is difficult to argue; the body goes through physical changes immediately after soda consumption and over time. This sugary habit can lead to tooth decay, blood sugar fluctuations, empty calories, and more.

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1. Weight Gain

Even if you limit yourself to a single can of soda, at an average of 150 calories and 40 grams of sugar per can, you're adding roughly 135,000 calories to your diet each year. Additionally, most sodas are made with high-fructose corn syrup, which is linked to weight gain and obesity. Fructose is not absorbed in the same manner as other sugars and affects metabolism, insulin levels, and other bodily functions.

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