How sweet it is – Drinking sweet drinks is associated with a greater risk of death from cardiovascular disease, especially among women, according to a new report by the Circulation Journal of the American Heart Association.
Moreover, when exchanging a sugar-sweetened drink a day, such as a soda or a sports drink, with an artificial sweetener drink (using low calorie or non-caloric sweeteners such as Stevia, Splenda or NutraSweet) is associated with a slightly lower risk from mortality, also risks to drink too many artificial sweeteners. Consuming four or more of these artificially sweetened drinks is associated with a higher risk of death among women. Previous studies have found a link between sweetened soft drinks and weight gain as well as between sweet drinks and weight-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Two reports drawn from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) at the Boston University Medical Center in 201
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But the new report by the American Heart Association and Harvard T.H. Chan's Public Health School analyzes data from two large, longitudinal studies to determine whether sugary sweetened beverages or artificially sweetened beverages will be worse for life expectancy. Researchers surveyed 37,716 men in the follow-up study of healthcare professionals (which started in 1986) and 80,647 women in nursing research (which began in 1976), controlling other nutritional factors, physical activity and body mass index (BMI). Those who drank two or more sugar beverages a day were associated with a 31% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and an 18% higher risk of cancer deaths in men and women than those who drank less less than one sugar sweetened drink per month. But when sorted by sex, syrupy sips look particularly damaging to women: those who have had more than twice a day (with a portion defined as a standard cup, bottle or box) have seen a 63% increased risk of early death, while men who are seeing a 29% increase in risk. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of premature death, followed by cancer (mostly colon cancer and breast cancer). "Drinking water at the place of sweet drinks is a healthy choice that can contribute to longevity," said Vassanti Malik, the lead author of the article, in a statement. "Diet soda can be used to help frequent users of sweet drinks reduce their consumption, but water is the best and healthier choice."
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Researchers note that this finding is not considered strong as a possible connection between sweet drinks and lotions risk of death, but requires further research. Further research is needed to understand why sweetened drinks seem to have a detrimental effect on women's health. A study published in Stroke last month also found that women over 50 who drink more than one artificial sweetener a day have a higher risk of stroke, heart attack or early death.
Two of the largest manufacturers of sweetened drinks, Coca Cola Co.
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did not respond to MarketWatch's requests for comment at the time of publication. The United States responded in a MarketWatch statement that: "Non-alcoholic beverages, like all beverages made by our industry, are safe to eat as part of a balanced diet. Sugar used in our beverages is the same as sugar used in other food products. We do not think that someone has to consume sugar, so we are working to reduce the consumption of sugar from drinks throughout the country. In addition, low-calorie and low-calorie sweeteners have been repeatedly confirmed as safe by regulators around the world. "
He adds that" we use our strengths in marketing and innovation to get people interested in options with less sugar and zero. sugar and in smaller pack sizes. We create more drinks with less or no sugar and make a smaller bottle and our capabilities are more widely available, while increasing consumer demand for these options through our marketing. Today, 50% of all purchased beverages contain zero sugar. "
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Really, consumption of soda in the US fell to a 31 year old bottom in 2016, according to Beverage Digest. And people bought more bottled water from soda in 2017 by consuming 13.2 billion gallons of water (compared with only 9.5 billion in 2012) compared to 12.3 billion gallons of soda (which dropped from 13 , 3 billion gallons in 2012). So sweetened drink makers diversify their projects to meet healthier tastes. Pepsi acquired SodaStream's home maker last year for $ 3.2 billion, as well as Bare Foods, which makes dried fruits and vegetable snacks at an undisclosed price. He also announced last month that he had assembled the muscle of CytoSport's manufacturer. Coca-Cola renewed the Coke Zero and Diet Coke brands, releasing sparkling versions of its Dasani and SmartWater products last year when it also acquired the Topo Chico mineral water brand. Brilliant water has generated nearly $ 49 million in sales in just 2018, up 22% from the previous year, Nielsen reported. And the category of sparkling water – including beverages such as club and olive oil – has grown 54% over the last four years.
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