Kick the can, drop the pop

March 19, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Sugary drinks are associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease according to a recent study conducted in men Even a moderate amount of sugar beverage intake-about 1 can of soda everyday, is associated with a 2 % increased risk of heart disease.
The cause of this increased risk could be inflammation inside the body.  Intake of sugary beverages was associated with increased triglycerides (blood fat), decreased HDL cholesterol (“good cholesterol”) as well as other elevated inflammatory markers that increases a persons risk for heart disease as well as diabetes.
High fructose corn syrup, the major component of sugar-sweetened beverages is cheap & readily available.  While the findings of this study should come as no surprise, this is the first report that increased consumption of sugary beverages is associated directly with increased heart disease.
The best thing to drink…water, coffee or tea (unsweetened).  Fruit juice is not a good alternative due to the high amount of sugar, however, when diluted with water it is a better choice than a can of sugary soda.
Kick the Can


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