Sugary Drinks Increase Risk for Heart Disease

popThere’s been much discussion in recent years about the health effects of sugared beverages. A study released earlier this year by researchers at the University of California, Davis examined this matter with one health issue in particular: heart disease. Their research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, that ” that the risk of cardiovascular mortality is positively associated with consumption of increasing amounts of added sugar.” This was determined by testing various concentrations of high-fructose corn syrup in beverages. Even low amounts of the sugar increased blood markers of cardiovascular disease risk, and it seemed to impact men more than women.

The lesson in this is to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages. Switching to artificially sweetened drinks may not be the answer, however, as they have their own potential issues.

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