Carbonated beverages are becoming popular all around the globe. Also known as soft drinks, soda pop, or cola, depending on where you’re from, these drinks are found everywhere from a home fridge to vending machines. They serve it in restaurants of all kinds, at sporting events, and most people bring soft drinks with them to special outings or events. With as much popularity as they have, carbonated beverages do have a downside to them; when drunk in excessive quantities, they are unhealthy. Carbonated beverages are known to be sweet, no matter which drink they are. That’s because they’re mostly sugar. Drinking a sugary glass of soda pop isn’t bad once in a while, but when you have one every day with every meal, that sugar intake could be harsh to your blood sugar. It could create a lot of different disorders, such as diabetes, dependencies, and addiction. Your body doesn’t know what to do with that much sugar, so it also has the potential to cause weight gain. That brings us to point two. When drinking soda pop on a regular basis, one almost always gains weight. As stated before, since the sugars cannot be broken down due to the body’s inability to do so with excess intake, they become fat, which then stores itself all over your body. There have been tests to show that weight gain isn’t just from fat on the stomach, arms, or legs, but also on vital organs like the liver and other areas that the soda passes through. This could become dangerous to those organs if the carbonated beverages are drunk too frequently. Weight gain can also lead to heart problems. When the body has extra weight on it, it strains the heart to keep up, which puts it at high risk of heart attacks and strokes. However, there have been some theories that soft drinks may contribute to this risk without the first step of weight gain. Caffeine, which can be found in soda pop, is known to cause risk of heart problems and high blood pressure when taken too consistently. Carbonated beverages also have high sodium, which causes your body to retain food and also causes high blood pressure. Caffeine and sodium combined in excessiveness equals out to dehydration. This chemical equation is healthy for no one. So to avoid serious health concerns and potentially fatal problems, it would be best to evade drinking too much soda pop. By making sure that carbonated beverages are drunk in moderation, anyone can avoid risk of heart attacks, stroke, dehydration, high blood pressure, or other potentially dangerous health problems. Just by stopping the intake of soft drinks, there have been people who said they’ve lost ten pounds immediately. It doesn’t mean you should stop drinking soft drinks altogether, but perhaps it’d be best to pick up a glass of water, or juice, instead of buying the nearest two-liter for the evening.