Sugary Drinks Harm Health
It is pretty easy to target sugary drinks like cola as harmful but new research shows all sugary drinks harm health. Yes, that includes diet staples like orange juice and other natural fruit juices. As a dietitian once pointed out, there are many oranges in a glass of oranges juice… more than Nature intended for you to eat in one setting!
Certainly the occasional glass of OJ (or pick your favorite fruit juice) is OK. However, too much of a good thing like fruit can be bad. Instead of drinking our fruit, maybe we should just enjoy them by the slice!
Many sugar-sweetened beverages have little to no nutritional value and lots of calories, and their harmful increased risk of premature death ranging from 9% to 42%, according to the study, published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open.
Overall, the sugars found in orange juice, although naturally occurring, are pretty similar to the sugars added to soda and other sweetened beverages, the study suggests.
“Sugary beverages, whether soft drinks or fruit juices, should be limited,” Jean A. Welsh, a co-author of the study and an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta, wrote in an email.
“Previous research has shown that high consumption of sugars like those in soft drink and fruit juices is linked to several cardiovascular disease risk factors,” Welsh explained. Obesity, diabetes and elevated triglycerides (a type of fat found in the blood) are among the risk factors linked to excessive sugar intake. “Few studies have been able to look at how this consumption might impact mortality risk,” she said.
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