There is little fear about the sugars in whole fruit!
Information from the Australian Health Survey reveals those with higher intakes of whole fruit were 12% less likely to be obese than those with lower intakes. Those with higher intakes of sugar-sweetened soft drinks and chocolate were 9% more likely to be obese. There is no need to fear fruit sugar, although chemically similar, the combination of other nutrients and the overall diet probably account for the difference.
PositiveTip: Eat more fruits as they are an excellent source of many wholesome and necessary nutrients.
Sugary drinks raise the risk of diabetes in the non-obese.
A wealth of evidence demonstrates that the regular consumption of soft drinks significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. A review of much of that data found regular use of sugary drinks is linked to the onset of diabetes independent of obesity. One daily serving of sugary drinks increased the risk by 18% and when adjusted for obesity there was still a 13% increase. Artificially sweetened beverages and fruits juices were not found to be any healthier.
PositiveTip: Avoid sugary drinks and use fruit juices very moderately.
Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages increases the risk of gout.
New Zealand researchers found high consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks increased the risk for gout. Even carriers of the genetically protective allele (SLC2A9) experienced significantly increased gout risk. Four sugar sweetened sodas a day increased the risk of gout in those of Caucasian ancestry almost 7 fold. When all groups were combined, each sugary drink consumed per day increased the risk by 12% and 15% (noncarriers and carriers, respectively).
PositiveTip: Sodas provide little nutrition. Avoid consuming them whenever possible.
New York judge sours ban on the size of sweet-drinks.
Several months ago we reported that New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg intended to limit the serving size of sugar-laden sodas. Now a N.Y. Supreme Court judge has ruled that ban as unconstitutional and "fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences." Indeed there were loopholes in this proposed rule. Hot chocolate would have been limited to small or medium sized cups, but milkshakes of any size could be served (because they are more than 51% milk).
PositiveTip: Limit your intake of sweetened drinks by the choice yourself!
New York judge sours ban on the size of sweet drinks.
Several months ago, we reported that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg intended to limit the serving size of sugar-laden sodas. Now, a N.Y. Supreme Court judge has ruled that the ban is unconstitutional and "fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences." Indeed, there were loopholes in the proposed rule. For example, hot chocolate would have been limited to small- or medium-sized cups, but milkshakes of any size could be served because they are more than 51% milk.
PositiveTip: Limit your intake of sweetened drinks by making the choice yourself!
Awareness of calorie counts is better than the alternative.
The American Beverage Association (ABA) has announced a program to place calorie counts on vending machines in two U.S. cities in 2013. At the same time the ABA foundation will spend $5 million on wellness programs for Chicago and San Antonio, rewarding those who lose weight and stop smoking, along with other healthy behaviors. Are they really interested in our health, or is this politics to head off size caps or soda taxes? Only time will tell!
PositiveTip: Labels or no labels, choose to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages. Drink water instead.
NYC will ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.
The New York City health department has approved the proposed ban on the sale of high-sugar drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces. The size limit does not apply to water, diet sodas, or drinks sold in retail food stores. Customers who insist on dosing themselves with super-sized sodas will have to order more than one! Restaurants have six months to adjust their menus and container sizes.
PositiveTip: Find a place other than New York City to get your super-sized sodas.
Sugary drinks are a leading driver of the obesity epidemic.
The New York City Health Department wants to prohibit the sale of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 fluid ounces in eateries and food carts citywide. Consumers will still be able to buy large bottles in stores. Americans consume 200-300 more calories per day than they did 30 years ago. The largest single increase is due to sugary drinks, which are associated with long-term weight gain.
PositiveTip: Do your part to fight obesity: stop drinking sugary drinks!
Sugary sodas alone or combined with smoking increase risk of lung disease.
Sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to poor health outcomes such as heart disease and stroke. Researchers in Australia have recently found that sugary drinks are associated with an increased risk of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though this cross-sectional study does not prove that sodas are the cause of these problems, it does offer some interesting results. Those who drank at least half a liter per day were twice as likely to develop either lung condition (OR 2.33, 95% CI 1.51 to 3.60) compared to those who drank none. Those who drank soda and smoked showed a 6.6 fold increase in risk.
PositiveTip: Sodas are not necessary for human survival. Why are you drinking them?
Telling kids how far to run to burn off the calories in a soda made them think twice.
Does the nutrition information on food labels impact your choices? Data on effectiveness of the labels is inconsistent. In a novel trial conducted on adolescents in low-income black areas, researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that when they labeled sugary drinks with information on how much physical activity would be needed to burn off the calories, it significantly reduced sales of those drinks and increased water consumption. This was compared to providing absolute calorie counts or calories as a percentage of recommended.