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It might be hard to imagine that sipping on a soda could have any effect on your heart, but listen to this: According to a May 2015 study published in Nutrients, just one can of the fizzy stuff per day (regular or diet) is linked to a higher risk for metabolic syndrome, which is a contributor to cardiovascular disease. In fact, drinking two or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day increases your risk for heart disease or stroke by 33 percent, according to Harvard Medical School.

What gives? Well, if you’re drinking regular soda, all that added sugar may be causing chronic inflammation in your body. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, excess sugar in the diet is associated with inflammation in the body, and heart disease is considered a product of chronic inflammation. Men should not have more than 9 teaspoons of added sugar per day and women should stay below 6 grams of added sugar, according to the American Heart Association ​​ so one 12-ounce can of soda already puts you over that recommendation.