Consumption of Sugary Beverages Linked to Cardiovascular Diseases: Researchers

Published By : 19 Oct 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Diabetes, weight gain, and cardiovascular diseases are some of the risks that are linked with the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, states the latest report published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. A team of researchers have found that the health impacts of consuming one or two servings of sugary drinks per day includes a 35 per cent greater chance of fatal heart disease of heart attack. 

Nutrition manager of the Healthy Living Program and registered dietitian at Mayo Clinic Lisa Dierks said that added sugars are found in several food sources and are not restricted only to sugar sweetened drinks. So the question arises: How does one reduce the sugar load? Dierks said that one can try to minimize the portion size or switch from a product that contains added sugar to one that contains sugar substitutes. In addition, one should take the time to check the labels of food products that are purchased. 

Substitutes to sugar sweetened drinks and sodas include regular water, waters infused with vegetables or fruits for flavor minus the calories, and seltzer waters for the added fizz.

Dierks said that diet soda might help consumers reduce the intake of sugar compared to beverages that contain added sugar. However, some research indicates that the overall calorie intake might not decrease with the use of products with sugar substitutes or diet products. 

Drinks and food items with added sugar or empty calories can be difficult to avoid and the only change is to consume them in moderation. Dierks added that limiting the access to foods might not teach children how to tackle these foods, which in turn, might result in increased consumption as they grow older. Parents need to discuss this matter with their kids and teach them about foods that need to consumed in moderation.

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