Since sugary drinks are the leading source of added sugar in the American diet, and it's quite easy to take in lots of calories in beverages without much effect on satiety, a lot of the harm done by consuming sugary drinks can be explained by the weight gain associated with their consumption.
But there's another school of thought, and growing supporting research, that believes that sugars -- and especially the fructose component of sweeteners -- are especially harmful to our health, and have direct adverse effects on fat metabolism and inflammation.
Our metabolism on sugary drinks
A previous study from the University of California at Davis showed that drinking 25 percent of daily calories in fructose for 10 weeks increased triglycerides and cholesterol and caused insulin resistance in people, while drinking the same amounts inRead More »from Is one can of soda a day unhealthy? Study shows measurable harm