Thursday, July 9, 2015

Impact of Sugary Beverages Worldwide

            A new study estimated that there were 184,000 global deaths due to sugary beverages. A sugary beverage is defined as sugar-sweetened sodas (pop), sports/energy drinks, fruit drinks (not 100 % fruit juice), sweetened iced tea, and homemade sugary drinks. Researcher estimated that sugary drink consumption contributed to deaths from chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
            Sugary beverages are not only a concern in the United States. In fact, Mexico had the highest rate of estimated sugary beverage related deaths. The United States was runner-up, and numerous other countries were impacted according to the authors. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming no more than 450 Calories, or about three 12-ounce cans of soda, from sugary beverages weekly, but it is estimated that men consume approximately 178 daily Calories (1246 weekly), while women consume 103 daily calories (721 weekly). One of the head authors of this study shared his belief about sugary beverages: “It should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet.”

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