The cases of obesity and type 2 diabetes are on the rise. Soda, a widely available commodity sold under different brands and packaging, is a major contributor to this health epidemic. But it seems that its damaging effects are not limited to these conditions. Soda is also thought to lower testosterone and sex drive.
Soda makers may have different recipes and “trade secrets” for these thirst-quenchers, but soft drinks are typically made up of carbonated water, sweeteners, and artificial flavoring. Since it is loaded with sugars and fairly easy to digest, soda can elevate your blood glucose in no time. How is this related? Apparently, blood sugar levels can influence testosterone. Studies show that it only takes a high sugar meal to lower your testosterone by up to 25 percent. Drinking soda regularly will therefore lead to chronically low levels of testosterone in your body. High fructose corn syrup, a common sweetener added into carbonated beverages, causes the liver to work harder and testosterone levels to drop.
Another problem with soda is that it usually comes in plastic bottles. These bottles are made of phthalates which disrupt hormones by mimicking the effects of estrogen. As soon as soda gets packaged, phthalates start leaking into the beverage and renders it with “estrogenic” qualities which adversely affect testosterone and sex drive.