Drinking one 20-ounce soda a day could age you as much as 4 1/2 years. Recent research has linked sugar sweetened soda consumption to the types of cell damage seen in chronic disease. The damage is as severe as that caused by cigarette smoking. Combined with other recent research on the danger of sitting, working in an office may be the most dangerous job in America. You can easily offset both these risks by eating 4-7 servings of colorful vegetables a day (decreases risk of all cause mortality by over 40%), and moving throughout the day (decreases risk of all cause mortality by 50%).
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