I have written repeatedly about the dangers of soft drinks, both sugary and artificial sweeteners. You can search the subject by punching soft drinks into the S E A R C H box at the right.
Drinking more than one soft drink daily — whether it’s regular or diet — may be associated with an increase in the risk factors for heart disease, Framingham researchers reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
“We were struck by the fact that it didn’t matter whether it was a diet or regular soda that participants consumed, the association with increased risk was present,” said Ramachandran Vasan, M.D., senior author of the Framingham Heart Study and professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. “In those who drink one or more soft drinks daily, there was an association of an increased risk of developing the metabolic syndrome.”
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors including excess waist circumference, high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL “good” cholesterol) and high fasting glucose levels. The presence of three or more of the factors increases a person’s risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
I haven’t posted anything on soft drinks for a while, yet they remain popular. If you need more, check out my Page – What’s wrong with soft drinks?
A glance at the headers along the top shows the listing for my Page – What’s Wrong with Soft Drinks?
I am an equal opportunity analyst and I find fault with both the sugary soft drinks and the chemically-laden diet soft drinks.
Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal reported that “Fewer people are gulping soft drinks. In the past five years, the volume of soda consumed in the U.S. has declined between 1% and 3% each year. Diet sodas have fallen especially sharply, between 2.5% and 6% annually, according to Beverage Marketing Corp., a New York research and consulting firm.
So, apparently folks are backing away more from the diet sodas than sugared although sales of both are sliding.
To counter this trend, soft drink makers are selling a new angle for their beverages: “They contain sugar,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Talk about pick your poison. One is worse than the other for you. I think you are better off drinking something else, like, say, water?
Interestingly, fruit drinks aren’t a lot better. Across the pond – researchers from the University of Liverpool and colleagues from Action on Sugar have assessed the sugar content of over 200 fruit drinks marketed at children and have found them to be “unacceptably high.”
The research, conducted by Professor Simon Capewell from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society and Action on Sugar has been published Thursday, 24 March in the online journal BMJ Open. Continue reading
Women reporting at least two 12-oz. diet drinks a day were 29% more likely to have a fatal or nonfatal cardiac event than those in the lowest intake group, reporting no more than three diet drinks a month, Ankur Vyas, MD, of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Check out my Page What’s Wrong with Soft Drinks for more details on diet and sugary drinks.
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A daily habit of two or more diet drinks was linked to modestly elevated risk of cardiovascular events and death from any cause in women, an observational analysis showed.
But Jeffrey Kuvin, MD, vice-chair of the program committee for the American College of Cardiology meeting here, called the results provocative but not yet convincing enough to drive change.
“We know pretty well that nondiet drinks, or sweetened beverages, are associated with weight gain, diabetes, and coronary heart disease,” Kuvin, of Tufts Medical Center in Boston, told reporters at a press telebriefing he chaired.
“I’m not ready just yet to give up my diet soft drinks,” he added. “But if the data continue to be as compelling, I think all of us should take a close look and see why this might be. Is it the caffeine? Is it the sweetener? Is it what goes along with it? Perhaps it heightens…
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After doing alcohol in the previous post it seems fitting to go into the soft drink world for the next.
In this poster soft drinks are credited with precipitating asthma, kidney issues, sugar overload, obesity, dissolving tooth enamel, heart disease, reproductive issues, osteoporosis and increasing the risk of diabetes.
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