Although millions of people enjoy them, sugary drinks can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions. The Harvard School of Public Health reports that people who consume sugary drinks regularly—1 to 2 cans a day or more—have a 26 percent greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes (once known as adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent diabetes -- a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar)than people who rarely have such drinks.
A study that followed 40,000 men for two decades found that those who averaged one can of a sugary beverage per day had a 20 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than men who rarely consumed sugary drinks.
The Nurses' Health Study, which tracked the health of nearly 90,000 women over two decades, found that women who drank more than two servings of sugary beverage each day had a 40 percent higher risk of heart attacks or death from heart disease than women who rarely drank sugary beverages.
After reading about carbohydrates and blood sugar, you may want to consider consuming them with sensible moderation! Alternatives could be:
- Plain or sparkling water
- Fat-free milk or plain, sugar free soymilk
- Unsweetened tea or coffee
- 100% fruit juice (small glass)
- Low-sodium tomato or mixed vegetable juice