Independent.ie readers reveal their fizzy drink habits amidst worrying new study
Almost 20 per cent of Independent.ie readers have revealed that they drink three times the number of fizzy drinks that can seriously impact your health.
According to a new study, two fizzy drinks a week is enough to increase the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes.
The scientists at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, reviewed 36 studies done over the past 10 years on the cardio-metabolic effects of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages.
Some 17pc of Independent.ie readers revealed that they drink more than six fizzy drinks a week.
In contrast, some 36pc said they drink no fizzy drinks on an average week.
Almost 30pc said they drink between zero and two fizzy drinks a 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.”