Why Sugary Drinks Are So Bad for You
More bad news about sugary drinks. Researchers have released a new study calling for an “urgent need for public health strategies that reduce the consumption of these [sugary] drinks.”
Scienitsts at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reviewed data from recent studies and found that consuming one or two servings of sugary drinks a day increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 26 percent, heightened the risk of heart attack or fatal heart disease by 35 percent, and raised the stroke risk by 16 percent.
They also found that fructose, a main component in sugary drinks is metabolized in the liver, where it can be converted to fatty compounds which can then lead to liver disease and insulin resistance – a key risk factor for developing both diabetes and heart disease.
It’s already well known that drinking one or more sugar-sweetened beverage a day can cause weight gain and obesity. One in 4 Americans consumse 200 calories a day through soft drinks and 5 percent of the population consumes more than 500 calories a day through soft drinks, the equivalent of four cans of soda.