Soda and Sports Drinks – Too Much Sugar!
(POR) Here is a basic list of what you need to know about sugar-sweetened beverages. This information is especially important considering how often young children are consuming soda and energy drinks now. Our source: SugarScience.org – a leading authority on the heath consequences of consuming large quantities of refined sugar.
But first – here’s a way to reduce your child’s sugar consumption and increase the number of servings you get per container of juice. Now you can squeeze out 3X as much from your organic juice containers, which easily justifies the price of organic juices!
- Drinking just one 350-ml soda every day, or 7 sodas per week, can increase your risk of dying from heart disease by almost 1/3. Heart disease is now the leading cause of death in countries like the United States.
- Other studies show that people who drink one to two sugar-sweetened beverages (soda, energy drinks, fruit drinks) per day have a 26% higher risk of developing Type-2 diabetes, compared to people who drink less than one per month. (LINK)
- Research also suggests that our bodies process liquid sugar differently than sugar from whole foods containing fiber. For example: An apple may contain as much as 18 grams of sugar. But since its sugar is “packaged” with a lot of fiber (about 1/5 of the regular daily requirement), it takes a long time to digest, which releases the sugar into the bloodstream slowly. This slow release is what provides a sustained source of energy rather than a burst.
- Sweetened drinks like soda (and even fruit drinks/juices) don’t contain any fiber. So the transition from liquid sugar to blood sugar occurs quickly, delivering more to the body’s vital organs than they can handle. Over time, this can overload the pancreas and liver, leading to serious diseases like diabetes, heart disease and liver disease.
- Studies also show that when we drink high-calorie beverages, we don’t feel as full as we would if we had eaten the same number of calories. So it’s easy to drink 38 grams of sugar in a single soda – about twice what is in an apple – and hardly notice. Generally speaking, women shouldn’t have any more than than 6-teaspoons of added sugar per day (regardless of the source). And for men? Only about 9-teaspoons per day. So eating a couple of pieces of fruit is enough.
6-teaspoons (tsp) of sucrose = 47 grams. And 9-teaspoons of sucrose (tsp) = 70.5 grams.
- The vast majority of scientific evidence supports the conclusion that consuming too much added sugar is one factor that promotes weight gain, which can lead to obesity. This conclusion is based on numerous studies and repeated careful reviews of the evidence. (LINK) (LINK) (LINK)