The April of 2012 publication of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that a greater consumption of sugar-sweetened and low calorie sodas is linked to a higher risk for stroke. Soft drinks have been associated with weight gain type 2 diabetes high blood pressure high cholesterol gout and coronary artery disease. Those people consuming the most soft drinks had the worst overall diets as well. In contrast coffee was associated with a lower risk for stroke. High fructose corn syrup is worse than sugar in that it increases insulin resistance and leads to weight gain and a fatty liver.