Two Cans of Soda Increase Risk of Heart Disease by 31 Percent

Two Cans of Soda Increase Risk of Heart Disease by 31 Percent

Most people know drinking sugary soft drinks is bad for health, but many think having just one a day or opting for a “light” option is acceptable. That is not the case according to a new study that finds drinking just a single sugary drink each day increases the risk of dying from heart disease or cancer.

Harvard University published a study that shows just one or two cans of soda, energy drinks, or juice per day is enough to raise the risk of premature death by more than a fifth.

Data presented by researchers says there is a 31 percent increase of heart disease alone.

While you may think heading for a light version of the same drink may help, you’d be wrong. The Harvard team say a diet version of a soft drink will lower the risk of premature death, but the risk is equal if you consume four cans of light soda a day.

Of course, drinking soda is a habit of day-to-day life for billions of people. Whether you are socializing, playing games, eating, or browsing online for the best sportsbooks in NY, soda is often a companion.

Vasanti Malik, a scientist in Harvard’s department of nutrition, led a team from the school’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health during the study.

“Our results provide further support to limit intake of SSBs [sugar-sweetened beverages] and to replace them with other beverages, preferably water, to improve overall health and longevity,” Malik said.

The research was extensive and comprehensive, with 80,647 women from the Nurses’ Health Study (1980-2014) and 37,716 men from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (1986-2014). Participants were quizzed on their health and lifestyle habits at two-year intervals throughout the term of the study.

Data shows respondents who drank Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) two of more times a day are 31 percent more likely to die from heart problems. The information was compared with participants who did not drank less than one SSB per month.

Results from the study were published in the journal Circulation and show that an additional can of SSB increases the chance of premature death by 10 percent.

“These findings are consistent with the known adverse effects of high sugar intake on metabolic risk factors,” Dr Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard, said.

“And the strong evidence that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, itself a major risk factor for premature death. 

“The results also provide further support for policies to limit marketing of sugary beverages to children and adolescents and for implementing soda taxes because the current price of sugary beverages does not include the high costs of treating the consequences.”

 

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