Needless to say, this is bad news for fizzy drinks fans: sugar-sweet sodas threaten health. At least this is what a review mentioned at the beginning of this week. It is terrible news for everybody who enjoys drinking Coca-Cola, Sprite or any sweet drink. It appears that consuming these drinks on a regular basis can lead to the development of heart diseases or even type 2 diabetes.
Researchers have confirmed, yet again, that the consumption of these drinks is not of any benefit to those who drink them. In fact, they are “a source of empty calories” that only make your condition worse. As a “dark exchange”, we only seem to be trading great pleasure that takes a few minutes with life-threatening conditions such as the previously stated diabetes, heart problems and they also get you fat.
Frank Hu is an esteemed professor within at the Harvard School of Public Health and he was the leader of the investigation at hand. According to Hu, “since we rarely consume fructose in isolation, the major source of fructose in the diet comes from fructose-containing sugars, sucrose and high fructose corn syrup, in sugar-sweetened beverages”.
He recommended that immediate public health strategies be implemented to we find a way how to deal with this inappropriate consumption. The number of people consuming these drink is not a low one, sugar drinkers rising up to the millions.
The study was a secondary analysis: researchers went through previous epidemiological studies and looked for clues and patterns that could show the direction in which the world was going. And it is far from a good one.
You might think that drinking Coca-Cola once or twice a day is not that bad for you, but that is not what researchers found. Apparently, if you drink one or two of these drinks daily, your chances of developing type 2 diabetes can go up by approximately 25%. If that is not enough for you to question your diet, you should also know that you can have a 35% increased risk of having a heart attack, or develop a deadly heart disease and you are also 16% more likely to have a stroke.
So as much as we all like to go out and have a sweet drink with friends or our loved ones, it appears that this is not the best way to stay healthy. If you want to live longer and better, it looks like we have to stick to water.
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