“Soda and other sweetened beverages have no redeeming nutritional value, and ditching them from your diet can go a long way toward improving your health,” said Dr. Joseph Mercola, a leading health expert and physician. “One 20-ounce bottle of cola contains the equivalent of about 16 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup(HFCS), which will cause your insulin to spike within 20 minutes of drinking it.”
Consumption of sugary drinks like soda has been linked to diabetes and weight gain many times. Let’s take a look at the latest study, confirming the link between soda and diabetes.
British researchers recently investigated whether sugar filled drinks could still increase type 2 diabetes risk, even after controlling obesity, a major risk factor for the disease.
The meta-analysis including 17 studies, which included over 38,250 cases of diabetes, all of which reported consumption of sugary drinks.
According to the study authors:
“Higher consumption of sugar sweetened beverages [one 250 ml serving per day or higher] was associated with a greater incidence of type 2 diabetes, by 18 percent per one serving/day and 13 percent before and after adjustment for adiposity[i.e. body fat]…[F]or artificially sweetened beverages, 25 percent and 8 percent… and for fruit juice, 5 percent and 7 percent. Potential sources of heterogeneity or bias were not evident for sugar sweetened beverages. For artificially sweetened beverages, publication bias and residual confounding were indicated. For fruit juice the finding was non-significant in studies ascertaining type 2 diabetes objectively.”
The study showing the link between soda and diabetes was published in the journal BMJ.
We recommend you say away from sugary drinks that contain refined sugars. Experiment in making your own drinks such as a daily energy drink, miraculous daily energy drink or infused waters these are just some options.