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Thursday 22 August 2019

This number of fizzy drinks a week can badly affect your health - and it's less than you think

US researchers claim teenagers who regularly consume fizzy soft drinks are significantly more likely to be aggressive
US researchers claim teenagers who regularly consume fizzy soft drinks are significantly more likely to be aggressive
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Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Two fizzy drinks a week is enough to increase the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.

This is according to scientists at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, who reviewed 36 studies done over the past 10 years on the cardio-metabolic effects of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages.

The findings were published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society last week.

A 330ml can of sweetened, fizzy drink can contain ten or 11 teaspoons of sugar according to Dr Marian O’Reilly from Safefood.

“It’s a good study in the sense that we know there’s very good and strong evidence showing the link between sugary drinks and weight. Sugar and sweetened drinks are not good for us.”

“This is taking it a step further and looking at cardiovascular health. There is a link with sugar and metabolic syndrome, which is the pre-condition before people go on to develop diabetes, hypertension and diabetes itself.”

“Some canned fizzy drinks can contain 10 or 11 teaspoons of sugar, it’s quite a lot of sugar. Weight is one way that sugar is influencing our health and it also seems to be changing our metabolism as well.”

“People might be having one fizzy drink a day or more. Again if we’re having them, we’re better having a fizzy drink with other food. But we would certainly be encouraging people to cut down on them, especially children as well.”

Safefood recently launched its Start campaign, a lifestyle campaign, which is encouraging parents to get their children healthier.

“One of the core messages is to have less sugary drinks, and more water and more milk.”

“Safefood would be encouraging parents not to get children into the habit of having a sweet drink every time they have a drink. A child is not going to be able to differentiate between your sugar-free drink and your standard sugary drink.”

“We would say to parents: encouraging children to have milk and water is a good thing.”

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