sweetened drinks This is what Americans love. The other day I went to the Kwik Trip, our local little shop, to get a drink. I generally don’t like anything sweet, and I’m not sure why. Not that I don’t like the occasional Hershey Bar or Snickers, but when it comes to drinks it’s usually plain old water, straight or sparkling.
Anyway, I’m at the store looking around, realizing that almost all drinks are made with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners. Now there was the occasional stevia-containing drink, but they were few and far between. But those that rely on water, are tough. It made me think.
We know that the main cause of obesity is drinks that are full of calories. Medium is basically a candy bar in liquid form. A typical bottle of Coke has the same calories as my Snickers. I won’t get into trouble with this, but instead deal with artificial ones. Is it good for us or bad for us?
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First, we know that they have no nutritional value – but if they prevent us from consuming calories, that could be a good thing; A way to lose a few pounds. The truth is that there is absolutely no evidence for this. Because we were consuming, literally billions of gallons of the stuff, we didn’t cut it down, we pooled it. More ‘diet’ drinks and we’ve got more fat – and btw, making ‘diet’ drinks now ‘zero calorie’ drinks is pretty cool. Take the name of the diet from it and you will find more people to consume it.
Back to good or evil. A recent article published in the British Medical Journal suggests that artificial sweeteners may actually cause heart disease. Hmmm…any truth in this at all? Let’s delve into the study.
Researchers from France’s National Institute of Health looked at data from more than 100,000 participants from a long-term study – the average age was 42. The study began in 2009 and continues to this day, looking at the consumption of everything from diet drinks to broccoli, from bread for fishing. They also looked at lifestyle, socioeconomic factors, smoking, and all those other “good and bad things” that lead to good or bad health. This included beverages such as milk and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal, Sugar Twin), sucralose (Splenda), acesulfame (Sunette) and others.
Nearly 40% of the people in the study consumed artificial sweeteners, equivalent to at least 4 ounces diet soda daily.
Now the people who drank diet Drinks tend to be younger, heavier, more likely to smoke, less likely to be physically active, not to eat as much fiber, to consume more carbohydrates, and to eat foods rich in salt. But they controlled these things.
After taking all of these things out of the equation, and after following everyone else for nearly 10 years, they found that if you consume artificial sweeteners, you’re more likely to have heart attacks and strokes, especially NutraSweet.
Now this was an observational study. This means that the data is a trend and that’s it. But let’s combine this with other data from other studies that seem to suggest that when we eat artificially loaded sweets, we stimulate our appetite center to get calories elsewhere. This was an article published last year in JAMA, that these processed chemicals may increase cravings for other foods. And maybe, maybe that’s why we haven’t seen our weight decrease as Americans but rather increase since I was a kid.
Obesity rates have doubled in the past 35 years so that the average weight in the United States is now 24 pounds than it used to be. old While the increase in diet Drinks swelled.
Gorty: You might like this sweet drink, whether it’s high in sugar or high in fructose corn syrup, or that one diet A drink with a chemical in it that tastes sweet, but honestly, it’s not good for you.
So you have to make the decision. If you really want to be healthy, if you follow a Mediterranean diet, exercise and try to reach your optimal weight, maybe plain old water, straight or sparkling. This new research shows that you may also reduce your risk of early heart attack.
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