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Sweet Drinks Hurt Your Heart

By now, most people know that consuming large amounts of sugary drinks can increase their risk of obesity and related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes. Recently, research published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal, showed that men who drank one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage a day had a 20 percent higher risk of heart disease than those who didn’t drink anything containing sugar.

“This study adds to the growing evidence that sugary beverages are detrimental to cardiovascular health,” said lead author Frank Hu, M.D., Ph.D. “Certainly, it provides strong justification for reducing sugary beverage consumption among patients, and more importantly, in the general population.”

Researchers found that sugary beverage consumption was still associated with a 20 percent increased risk of heart disease even after they controlled for other risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol use and family history of heart disease.

 

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  • Duane Petersen

    There was an experiment done by Ohio State University where they watered hogs with carbonated water or tap water. The hogs on carbonated water gained an average of 10% more weight then the control group over the same time period. When they did a necropsy on the hogs they found that the gut was from 7-12% thinner in the carbonated water group witch let more nutrients through. It would be interesting to know if this is happening with people and if this is the reason that people who drink diet drinks still gain weight.