Sugary drinks, categorized as sugar-sweetened beverages or “soft” drinks, refer to any beverage with added sugar or other sweeteners.
This includes our favorite soda, pop, cola, tonic, fruit punch, lemonade (and other “ades”), sweetened powdered drinks, as well as sports and energy drinks.
A recent research conducted reveals that adults who drink at least one sugary beverage, have a higher chance for developing dyslipidemia, or higher levels of unhealthy fats (like LDL cholesterol or triglycerides)when compared with those who don’t.
From this logic, high consumption of sugary drinks increases the risk of heart disease.
Volunteers were drawn from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS), a long-standing study conducted that focused on discovering common factors that contribute to heart disease.
The study had around 6,000 people. It consisted of middle-aged or older and of European descent.
The study was recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
“We were very interested in how consumption of different types of beverages may contribute to changes in blood lipids. There is evidence from other observational studies that higher consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to greater cardiovascular disease risk,” Danielle Haslam, first author of the study, told Healthline.
The results also shows that high sugary beverage consumption is linked with HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels that worsened over.
Metabolic syndrome is a term that encompasses a host of issues, and cholesterol abnormalities, body weight, and diabetes are all interrelated.
Over consumption of sugary beverages like Coke or Pepsi will contribute to metabolic syndrome.
People who frequently consume sugary drinks, let’s say 1 to 2 cans a day, have a 26% higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes compared to people who rarely consume such drinks.
Risks are even higher in young adults and Asians.
Strong evidence indicates that sugar-sweetened soft drinks contribute greatly to the development of diabetes.
It’s been told many times by many doctors that diabetics need to refrain from these drinks, due to their low insulin levels.
Remember the fact that over drinking sodas can rot your teeth?
Well the same logic applies here.
Sugary beverages, namely sodas and fizzy drinks, have detrimental effects on our bones.
It is revealed that Sodas and other sugary drinks contains high levels of phosphate. The accumulation of phosphate in the long run will have deleterious effect on bone health.
Best to keep in check with how much we drink.