By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
We all know you shouldn’t drink too much soda. What if there was a way to find out how many sugar-sweetened drinks you’ve had, just by looking at your hair?
Now, we’re not saying that someone who drinks orange soda is going to have red hair and someone who drinks coke is going to have dark brown hair.
However, a new study in the Journal of Nutrition says that researchers can now take a piece of your hair or a blood sample and figure out how many sugary beverages you’ve been guzzling down.
There’s these little things called proteins you’ve probably heard of that are found in food, and when you drink sweetened soda, your proteins get filled with this tiny thing called C-13. Depending on how much C-13 you’ve got, scientists can tell if you’ve consumed too much corn syrup and cane sugar – ingredients often found in soda.
Why study all this? Well, there’s a real problem with obesity these days and scientists are doing everything they can to make it easier to figure out who needs help, how we can help them, and how to avoid eating (and drinking) poorly.
Being able to tell someone they’ve been drinking too much soda by just taking a piece of their hair could be very useful! Now, if only we could comb the fat out of our body as easily as combing knots in our hair…