A new study tracked more than 450,000 people in 10 European countries by the age of 19 and found that those who drink two or more cups of any kind of soda a day are at greater risk of dying from any cause of death than humans who drank less than a glass every month. None of the people had cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke before participating.
The connection with digestive disease in the study is interesting, said Dr. Sharon Horesh Bergquist, associate professor of medicine at the University of Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta.
"Experimental evidence indicates that high blood sugar and high sugar intake can damage the gut barrier, leading to" leaky gut "and access to the gut's immune system, causing intestinal inflammation, altering gut microbiota and increase the sensitivity to bowel infections, "she said. "These pathways may increase sensitivity to digestive diseases."
Overall consumption of non-alcoholic beverages in the study was also associated with an increased risk of Parkinson's disease but not Alzheimer's disease or cancer.
Non-alcoholic beverages were defined as "low-calorie or diet sodas", "carbonated soft drinks" such as cola and lemonade, and "fruit squash or heart products" which are non-alcoholic concentrated syrups typically mixed with sugar and water. In this study, a glass of soft drink was 8 ounces or 250 milliliters; the typical soda can in the world contains 1
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Those who consumed more than one sugar drink per month but less than two per day seems to have a dose effect: The more they drink, the greater the risk.
Replacing one sugary drink per day with artificially sweetened milk has been found to reduce the risk of premature death, but drinking four or more artificially sweetened beverages increases the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease in women. The same effect is not observed in men and is not observed at risk of dying from cancer.
This study, as well as other studies on the relationship between diet and sugary drinks and health risks, are observational and cannot show cause and effect. This is a major limitation, according to the researchers, as it is impossible to determine whether the association is due to a specific artificial sweetener, type of drink, obesity or other hidden health problem.
"The reason for these associations is not clear," Bergquist said. "Other potential biological causes may be attributed to experimental evidence linking the consumption of artificial sweeteners with sugar taste, appetite stimulation and glucose intolerance."
Robert Rankin, president of the Council on Calorie Control, a trade group on low-calorie and diet foods and beverages, said in a statement that "low-calorie and sweeteners have long been a success and are an important tool for weight management and managing diabetes. This study paints an inaccurate picture of the important role of these products for consumers. "
Surviving a Broken Heart
Association or not, you decided to stop throwing your soft drink du jour (and avoid future cheating). Well done to you, literally. Here are some tips on how to do it. do with the least heartache.
Going cold turkey is difficult and can Instead, registered nutritionist and CNN contributor Lisa Driver offers a gradual approach.
treat yourself to one serving a day until you get one drink a day, "says Dreyer." Then aim for every other day until you can completely stop the soft drinks.
"Alternating with selfie / sparkling water can help you reduce," she added. "You can eventually replace soft drinks with selfie or sparkling water if you crave carbonation."
Find a different physique
Speaking of carbonation, for many people, the fix is fiction. Find sparkling water in selfies or mix a healthy fruit alternative with sparkling water. "You can't go wrong with blueberry or pomegranate juice," said registered nutritionist and nutritionist Rahaf Al Bochi, a spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
"The recommendation for fruit juice is usually 4 ounces a day, Al Bocchi said.
Step the Sweet Tooth
Bergquist offers to satisfy your craving for sugar by substituting naturally sweet foods such as fruits and dates that contain "health-promoting vitamins, minerals and bioactive chemicals called phytonutrients."
"They pack sugar with fiber, which results in a slow and steady, rather than a sharp rise in blood sugar," Bergquist said.
It also proposes to engage in a sugar-free challenge for at least two weeks.
"Our taste buds turn around every two weeks," she said. "This means that if you manage to get through the intense craving for sugar in the first two weeks, your taste buds will adapt to find natural sugary foods more satisfying."
Hindrance to habit
We are beings of routine and ritual. Just like when a person can crave smoking (say after eating), find out what your usual trigger is and try to replace it. Bored at your desk? Call a friend before reaching for soda.
If you haven't drunk caffeine soda, then a good part of your supplement to this soft drink is the caffeine buzz you get. Try replacing green or black tea instead, Al Bocchi said.
"You'll get the caffeine boost you're looking for without added sugar and you'll also get a good dose of antioxidants," she added.  "Herbal teas such as hibiscus, herbs, berries, mint are aromatic and pleasant without contributing to sugar or calories," Drayer suggested.
Woo the water
Wear a bottle of water or have a pitcher of ice cold water near your desk. If it is easily accessible to you, you are more likely to get water than a sugary drink.
If you're not a fan of plain water, Drayer suggested you add a little sparkle.
"Try to pour fruit into water – you can buy a jar, fill it with water, then add slices of oranges, lemons, strawberries, watermelon or whatever you like so that the water will be infused with the fruity aroma and it will provide sweetness to your palate, "she said.
Embrace the efforts
Finally, allow yourself to slip from time to time.
" Remember that drinking a sugary drink from time to time in time it will not directly cause adverse health effects, "says Al Bocchi." Granting permission to us azhdavate all drinks while abide by how it fits into your overall pattern of healthy eating is key to a healthy relationship with food. "