“One can won’t kill me.”
How many times have you used a phrase like that as an excuse to pour multiple ounces of sugar-laden water and flavorings into your body? Next time you’re reaching for that bottle of soda, think about this:
In a study conducted at the Imperial College of London, researchers found that drinking just one sugary soft drink each day raises your risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes by more than 20%. That’s not just soda – that also goes for energy drinks, sports drinks and juices with sugar added.
The researchers found that each 336ml sugar-sweetened soft drink – just under 12 ounces – consumed each day increased the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes by 22 per cent. Previous studies conducted in North America came to similar conclusions, but put the increased risk at 25 percent.
Drinking pure fruit juice or nectar was not associated with increased diabetes risk.
“The increase in risk of type 2 diabetes among sugar-sweetened soft drink consumers in Europe is similar to that found in studies in North America,” said Dr Romaguera of the School of Public Health at Imperial College. “Given that people are drinking more and more sugary drinks, we need to give out clear messages about their harmful effects.”
The Better Choice
Next time you’re at the convenience store with a need to quench your thirst, reach for a better choice: Water, milk, unsweetened iced tea, black coffee, or pure (the label will say 100%) fruit juice. Beware of fruit juice labels that bear the word “cocktail”, as they’re loaded with added sugars.
There are lots of hidden sugars lurking in your food, and the only way to avoid them with certainty is to become a food label reader. Just remember to bring your reading glasses into the store, because that print on the side of the bottle seems to be getting smaller and smaller every day.