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Soft Drinks The Fast Road to Obesity, Diabetes

If you read my twice-weekly newsletter, you know the average can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites. In other words, the easy street to diabetes and obesity.

During the course of an eight-year study of some 90,000 nurses, the average weight gain over two four-year periods (1991-1995 and 1995-1999) turned out to be highest among those who increased the number of sugar-sweetened soft drinks they consumed from one or fewer per week to one or more per day.

Other interesting numbers:

  • Women who increased their consumption of fruit punch also gained more weight than those who decreased their consumption. They also smoked more, were less physically active and had lower intakes of fiber and magnesium.
  • Women who consumed one or more sugar-sweetened soft drinks per day had an 83 percent increased risk of developing diabetes compared to those who drank less than one per month.
  • Women who drank one or more fruit punches a day had twice the risk for diabetes as women who drank less than one a month.

If you are still drinking soda, stopping the habit is one of the easiest ways I've found to improve your health. Pure water is a much better choice. If you must drink a carbonated beverage, try sparkling mineral water.

Yahoo News August 24, 2004

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