As we all know, sugary drinks are among the people’s favorite beverages, but have you ever wondered how healthy they are?
A recent study published in the American College of Cardiology journal showed that a person drinking at least one sweetened drink each day is 35% more exposed to heart attacks, which can lead to a premature death.
Apart from heart attack, these kinds of drinks increase the risk of two types of diabetes, so you should think twice before drinking them.
To draw these conclusions, the researchers analyzed information from several previous studies to see the effects of added sugar. They tried to see how the consumers’ body manages to deal with fructose consumption.
The major concern is about the Americans consuming more than just a sugary drink per day. It seems that most of the sugar intake comes from these beverages.
Frank Hu, a team leader of the research, stated that the organizations should carefully think about ways in which Americans could be made to give up to these sugar added drinks and instead of them to consume water or other healthy drinks.
“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,” said Frank Hu.
Giving up to these drinks can reduce not only obesity, but also heart attacks and diabetes.
The main problem with sugar added drinks is that they contain huge amounts of calories that don’t seem to be enough, as the consumers want more and more.
An alternative would be the diet drinks, which are sweetened by artificial means and have no calories. Nevertheless, scientists don’t know yet what the effects are if they are consumed on a long period of time.
In this battle against obesity, fructose syrup is seen as the biggest enemy. This is quite a recent ingredient. Its first use dates back to 1970. Nowadays, this ingredient is used worldwide and that especially because it is easier to handle than the granulated sugar.
Some of the American companies such as Coca Cola tried to replace fructose syrup with sugar, although the sales could not be compared with those containing fructose.
Gaining a negative publicity over the years, the fructose syrup industry tried to convince people that they use natural ingredients derived from corn and even tried to change the product’s name into “corn sugar.” However, this initiative was not accepted by the Food and Drug Administration, which declined it in 2012.
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