How Many Steps Balance Out the Bad Effects of Soda?

If you're a soda drinker, you've probably been clued in to its bad effects by about every person/news article/TV ad, etc., etc., that you've come across. You get it—soda is capital B-A-D for you. But you probably also know that no matter how much horrible news you hear, you'll still have that craving, at least every once and a while, for the familiar fizz and enjoyable pop of opening a fresh bottle. OK, OK, the super cute polar bears don't hurt either (I know I'm not the only one who looks forward to those Christmas commercials).

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And while that pop will never be healthy, a recent study published in The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that there is a way to counteract its consequences. Meaning: Yes, you really can have your soda and drink it, too.

Among those who drank two servings of soda each day, researchers found that walking 12,000 steps a day prevented increases in cholesterol and blood sugar levels, both of which, when high, can raise your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.

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So here's the deal—if you can't resist a Diet Coke every now and then, put on your Fitbit and count your steps before you call it a day.

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