People became more aware of the need to change their diets and lower sugar and sugary drinks intake.

As a result, Coca-Cola invested heavily in small “healthy” beverage companies such as Fuze tea, Zico coconut water, and organic Honest Tea, and became the owner of Odwalla and Simply Orange juices, Glaceau Vitaminwater, and Core Power sports drinks.

Yet, soda drinks negatively affect the entire body, including the brain.

According to the findings of one animal study, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, these drinks may be particularly damaging to the brains of adolescents.

Researchers gave sugary drinks to adult and adolescent rats for one month, and the tests for cognitive function and memory found that the adolescent rats had both impaired memory and trouble learning.

When it comes to diet Coke, even though it does not contain sugar, it contains the artificial sweetener aspartame.

According to Businessweek, in 2013, the sales of carbonated soda fell 2 percent, and Diet Coke sales by 7 percent.

They believe this is “almost entirely the result of the growing unpopularity of aspartame amid persistent rumors that it’s a health risk.”

The review of the adequacy of the cancer studies submitted by G.D. Searle in the 1970s to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for market approval found that aspartame has potential carcinogenic effects.

As the researchers reported: “Taken together, the studies performed by G.D. Searle in the 1970s and other chronic bioassays do not provide adequate scientific support for APM safety.

In contrast, recent results of life-span carcinogenicity bioassays on rats and mice published in peer-reviewed journals, and a prospective epidemiological study, provide consistent evidence of APM’s carcinogenic potential.

On the basis of the evidence of the potential carcinogenic effects of APM herein reported, a re-evaluation of the current position of international regulatory agencies must be considered an urgent matter of public health.”

Such drinks were found to stimulate appetite, weight gain, and fat storage, and increase cravings for carbs.

According to the findings of a report published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, diet soda drinkers experience the exact same health issues as regular soda drinkers, like strokes, excessive weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

There are 16 tablespoons of sugar in a 20-ounce bottle of Cola.

As soon as one drinks soda, the pancreas creates insulin due to the sugar intake, contributing to insulin resistance, and high blood sugar levels.