The not so sweet truth about sugar sweetened beverages

Sugar sweetened beverages taste sweet, and their consumption has drastically risen, but there is a dark and not so sweet side to them. Numerous studies have shown associations between sugar sweetened beverages and obesity, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular disease. It’s time to rethink your choice of liquid!

Sugar sweetened beverages are often sweetened using high fructose corn syrup. What you get is a drink high in glucose and fructose. Your body processes these 2 differently despite both of them being sugar, and there is an additive risk of developing obesity with high consumption of fructose. Fructose doesn’t linger in your body and goes straight to fat. Starting to reconsider pop yet?

Fructose is found in fruit, but it is found with plenty of other nutrition as well. Sugar sweetened beverages on the other hand only contains sucrose and fructose, putting them in the “empty calories” category. A can of pop contains 20 g of fructose, while an orange contains 6 g along with healthy benefits. So why not substitute your sugary cravings with fruit- the sugar is still there!

What about artificial sweeteners? Yes, studies have shown weight loss results with artificial sweeteners, but long term effects are unknown. Personally, I wouldn’t take the risk to figure out those long term effects by using them; let’s leave the guinea pig status to the real guinea pigs.

So not all sugar is the same, and be aware of high fructose corn syrup. If this information hasn’t changed your mind about sugary drinks, then why not switch to water simply because it’s cheaper!

-Stay hydrated (without the corn syrup)

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