Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Amount Of Soda You Drink Could Be Key To Your Health Issues

I'm proud to say that I hardly drink soda. In fact anyone who knows me knows that my beverage of preference is water; good ol' H20! I might have a sprite once every blue moon or so but according to recent research conducted by the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, 48 percent of surveyed Americans drink soda daily. That's crazy! Do you have any clue what that does to the enamel on your teeth and your overall health? If you don't you better keep reading! Here's more:
"...among those who drank soda, the average daily intake was 2.6 glasses per day. Rates of soda consumption were higher with young adults -- 56 percent of those 18 to 34 admitted to guzzling the sweet stuff. And that shouldn't come as a total surprise: we already know that soda is the largest source of sugar in the diet of children and adolescents. Of note, though soda consumption is linked to obesity, there was no difference in the self-reported weights of those who drank soda daily and those who did not, reported MSNBC. In both groups, an average 40 percent reported being somewhat or very overweight. The researchers attributed this, to some extent, to the lack of distinction between full-calorie and diet sodas in the survey. But when it comes to sugar sweetened beverages, it isn't just the additional calories that are problematic. A diet high in added sugar -- particularly liquid sugar -- has been associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome and with higher rates of Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, insulin resistance and cardiovascular difficulties. And some research suggests that high-fructose corn syrup [HFCS], the sweetener used in most soda, is particularly associated with increased body fat. As HuffPost Healthy Living blogger Dr. Mark Hyman explained: HFCS is absorbed more rapidly than regular sugar, and it doesn't stimulate insulin or leptin production. This prevents you from triggering the body's signals for being full and may lead to overconsumption of total calories.Source: 
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