Information taken from a post by ABC News.
Regular consumption of soda, fruit drinks, and other sugar-sweetened beverages increase the risk of heart disease, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, even when consumed in what may be considered conservative amounts.
“Men who drink one sugar sweetened drink daily have a 20 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease than those who do not. Woman who drink between one and two sugary drinks each day have a 23 percent increased risk of heart attack. Sugar sweetened drinks are also linked to diabetes, obesity, and higher levels of lipids.
25 percent of Americans drink more than one sugary drink each day. Experts suggest these drinks be seen as a treat and not a daily habit.”
Diet drinks seem like a simple alternative, but science has yet to prove that. Diet drinks have shown no link to heart disease, obesity, or diabetes, but nutritionists hesitate to encourage the switch because the long term effects of artificial sweeteners are unknown.
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