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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: A Health Risk

 

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Americans are consuming more and more sugar-sweetened beverages such as Coca Cola, Pepsi and Mountain Dew causing people's weight and health to spiral out of control.  

What is a sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB)? 

An SSB is any beverage with added caloric sweetener including soda, other carbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, powdered drinks, sweetened tea or coffee drinks and flavor-enhanced water.  Caloric sweeteners include high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose, sucrose, honey, brown sugar, dextrose, agave syrup and corn sweetener.  It does not include water, diet soda drinks, 100% fruit juice, low-fat or fat-free milk, or unsweetened coffee or tea. 

What are the SSB consumption risks?

Half of the U.S. population over the age of two consumes sugar-sweetened beverages daily.

One study showed that every additional serving of sugar-sweetened beverages per day increased the odds of obesity in children by 60%. 

Adults who drink one or more sugary drinks daily are 27% more likely to be overweight or obese.

Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (7 servings or more per week) could increase risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. 

Direct scientific evidence links sugar-sweetened drinks to other chronic diseases, not just obesity.  Other chronic diseases include:  Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, gout, kidney damage, dental issues, cancer and sleep disturbances. 

So how much sugar do these drinks add to our daily sugar consumption?  The American Heart Association does have recommendations on how much you can drink on a weekly basis without health risks. For more on this story, CLICK HERE.  

 

 

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