WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Sometimes you just can beat an ice cold, refreshing fizzy soda, but we've long known sugary drinks aren't the best choice for good health. However, researchers now say they're learning more about why they're so bad for your body.
A study sponsored by the National Lung, Heart and Blood Institute showed people who drink sweetened drinks develop 27 percent more visceral fat than people who shun the sweet stuff.
"People in the study put on 1.8 pounds of fat in their stomach alone," said NovantHealth's board-certified internist and obesity specialist Dr. Gwen Wigand-Bolling. "Visceral fat is very dangerous because it's the fat that wraps around your organs, the pancreas, the liver, the heart."
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