Could cutting back on sugar-sweetened drinks protect your heart?

28 September 2015        

Sugar A review of research in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology has concluded that drinking too many sugar-sweetened drinks can lead to excess weight gain and a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

Dr Mike Knapton, our Associate Medical Director, said:

“This is an interesting review from a US perspective and reflects recent research on carbohydrates and UK health from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, which highlighted the importance of lowering our intakes of sugar, in particular sugar-sweetened drinks to help protect our health.

“Average UK sugar intake has remained in excess of the recommended daily allowance for over five years and sugar sweetened beverages are one of the top sources of added sugars in our diets, especially for children and young people. 

“Sucrose, rather than fructose, is used more commonly as a sweetener in food and drinks in the UK but, either way, diets that are high in sugar tend to be higher in energy. Consuming more energy than we use on a regular basis will lead to weight gain and obesity, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

“Tackling the obesity problem requires multiple interventions and dramatically reducing our intake of sugar-sweetened drinks clearly has a role to play.”

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