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Linking Sugary Drinks and Obesity

Linking Sugary Drinks and Obesity

March 21, 2016

Obesity is very rampant in the United States. Two in three adults and one in three children are overweight or obese. And one contributor that can be blamed for this epidemic is the rising consumption of sugary drinks. A 20-ounce soda contains 15 to 18 teaspoons of sugar and more than 240 calories. What’s worse, those who consume these drinks do not feel as full as when they consume the same amount of calories in real food. And although the beverage industry in the US spends billions of dollars in marketing carbonated beverages (most aimed to those aged 12-17 years old), they continuously deny playing a role in the increasing rates of obesity in the country. What’s sadder though is that studies funded by the beverage industry are more likely to show favorable outcomes towards the beverage industry compared to those studies which are independently funded.

In the past decades, it can be seen that the average soft drink bottle size is changing, with 6.5 ounces in the 1950s to today’s 42-ounce bottles. And in 2008, children and youth from the US consume around 209 calories per day from sugary beverages alone. Sugary drinks have also become the top calorie source in teens’ diet.

Now why is this alarming? Simply because studies have linked increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and gout with consumption of sugary drinks.

People who drink 1 to 2 cans or more of sugary beverages every day have a 26% greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes than those who rarely have such drinks. Also, a study that followed 40,000 men also discovered that those who usually consume 1 can of sugary drinks per day have 20% higher risk of having a heart attack or dying from a heart attack than those men who rarely have such drinks. There’s also a 75% higher risk for developing gout in women who consume at least 1 can of sugary drinks per day.

So what does this tell us?

Simple: that as early as now we have to cut back on our consumption of sugary drinks. In fact, a study found that reducing consumption of sugary drinks can lead to better weight control among those who are initially overweight.

When craving for a sweet drink, find healthier alternatives instead like You Are Loved Foods’ WeLuvYa Sweet. It’s a low-calorie sweetener that’s smooth and 15 times sweeter than sugar. It’s natural; it’s made of stevia extract, monk fruit extract, and no sugar alcohols! And it’s great for anything from coffee and juices to baking! So the next time you’re craving for a sugary drink, why not create your own healthier beverage with the use of WeLuvYa Sweet?

You don’t have to suffer because of your food choices. Indeed, you can find foods that you love and that will love you back!


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