Published Date : Sep 29, 2015
Researchers have confirmed it yet again that sugary fizzy drinks are only good for your taste buds. The ill-effects, on the other hand, are manifold. The results of the study state that consuming only about two cans of sugary fizzy beverages every day leads to an increased risk of a number of health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart diseases.
The researchers who undertook the study, which is being considered as the most comprehensive research to have taken place on the health effects of sugar sweetened beverages till date, have alarmed and called for an urgent action to reduce the amount of such beverages, and also of sugars such as sucrose, table sugar, corn syrup, and fructose, being consumed by the global population every single day.
Researchers state that we do not often consume fructose in isolation. Rather, the major source of fructose in our diet is in the form of fructose-containing sugars, high fructose corn syrup, table sugar, sucrose, and the sugar in sugar-sweetened drinks.
The findings call attention to the urgent need for adopting health strategies that will reduce the consumption of such drinks.
The research study reviewed data from a number of latest epidemiological studies and through the meta-analysis of these studies. It states that the consumption of one or two servings of sugar-sweetened fizzy drinks is linked to a 35%increased risk of fatal heart disease or heart attack, a 26% higher risk of developing diabetes, and a 16% higher risk of stroke.
Sweetener such as corn syrup, made from corn starch, is widely used in the U.S. as a low cost alternative to sucrose.
The research also states that the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks has reduced the past decade across the globe. Nevertheless, they are still the single largest source of sugar intake in the U.S. diet.