Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sugary Drinks Consume as Little as 2 Will Make You Sick

In the news this week yet another article discussing another ill - health impact of sugary drinks. It's good to note your heart is not the only organ impacted by sugary sodas.  As this article states the ill - effects of sugary sodas include weight gain and heightened risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke to this list you can add other risks noted by medical research such as fatty liver, belly fat accumulation, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, leptin resistance, increased risk for cancer, disaster for dental health, increased risk of gout, increased risk of dementia plus all other diseases and conditions related to chronic inflammation.

What to drink instead? Water, beautifully fruit infused water recipes, sparkling water recipes and infused teas recipes. Remember sugar is highly addictive, so you may find reducing you sugary drinks slowly is a good way to go. For example, each day replace 1 sugary drink with 1 water each day. Here's an article to help you by Prevention Magazine

On Monday, March 16, 2019 HealthDayNews published the article, Stay Away From Sugary Sodas, Spare Your Heart by Amy North. Here's the article. 

People who regularly down sugar-laden sodas, juices and sports drinks aren't doing their heart any favors.

A new study of more than 110,000 U.S. health professionals found that the more people drank sugary beverages, the higher their risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

People who consumed at least two per day were about one-third more likely to die of heart disease or stroke, versus those who rarely had sugar-sweetened drinks.

And it wasn't just because that the latter group was more health-conscious. The risk remained when the researchers factored in overall diet and habits such as exercise, smoking and drinking.

While Americans eat plenty of junk food, there is reason to focus on sugary drinks in particular, according to Vasanti Malik, the lead researcher on the study. "They're the single biggest contributor of added sugar to Americans' diets," said Malik, a research scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The new findings do not prove that sugary drinks, per se, raise the odds of dying from cardiovascular disease, Malik said. But, she added, many studies have linked the beverages to ill health effects -- including weight gain and heightened risks of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

"If you look at the overall literature, the association is strong," Malik said. "This study is offering another piece of evidence that we should reduce our intake of sugar-sweetened beverages."Debbie Petitpain, a registered dietitian not involved in the study, agreed. "There's no downside to cutting down on sugar-sweetened beverages," said Petitpain, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In fact, she added, it's a simple way to slash excess calories -- easier than, say, eating a smaller dinner every night. That doesn't just mean cutting out soda, though. "We used to only talk about soda," Petitpain said. "But added sugars are lurking in many other beverages, too -- juices, sports drinks, coffee drinks. Ideally, people should replace those beverages with water," Petitpain said. "But if you really need that sweet taste," she added, "there are low-calorie alternatives."

In this study, published online March 18 in the journal Circulation, there was evidence that replacing one sugary drink each day with an artificially sweetened version could trim the risk of dying from heart disease.

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