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Can imbibing too many carbonated drinks make you fat? The answer to this persistent rumor isn’t as simple as yes or no. While the fizziness of carbonated drinks is not a direct contributor to weight gain, once you factor in the unhealthy amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners and caffeine that carbonated sodas contain, adding unwanted pounds can most definitely be a side effect of consuming carbonated drinks.
If you crave the fizz, opt for carbonated mineral waters that have no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Add a bit of fruit juice if you want a sweeter taste – you’ll get the carbonation without all the empty calories.