I came across a very interesting article in the Telegraph newspaper recently, concerning a warning from scientists over deaths caused by sugary drinks.
Deaths due to diabetes, cancer and heart disease have been thought to have a link to the rise in consumption of fizzy drinks in the under 45’s. The breakdown of deaths are as follows:-
- 133,000 diabetes related deaths
- 45,000 cardiovascular disease
- 6,450 from cancer caused by fizzy drinks fruit drinks, energy drinks and sweetened ice teas in 2010
One group of people who are thought to be particularly at risk are young girls, with the early onset of puberty causing a cancer risk. It is suggested that for every year a girl starts early in puberty, then there is a 5% higher risk for breast cancer.
A sad case I came across, involved a man who drank 3 litres of cola a day and died, after his lungs swelled four times their normal weight. It is such a waste of life that could be avoided, given the right help and support. Addiction to sugar I believe, is now becoming as bad as smoking.
As with most things moderation is key, but I have lost count of how many dinner tables I have sat at, and watched parents give their children fizzy liquid instead of water. Fair enough for a special occasion, but this is a daily occurrence and not just once a day either! The worst offence was when I saw a mum place cola in a babies bottle. Not only is it unhealthy, but there will be damage to their teeth. Nobody else is to blame but the parent doing this. It is irresponsible and has the potential to be a health timebomb for your child. My children never touched fizzy drinks and did not particularly like them until they got much older. Even now, they drink ice-cold water when thirsty. I deliberately avoided them having fizzy drinks fearing that it could trigger hyperactivity, and I am pleased that I took that stance.
If you think the artificial sweetener approach to soft drink is any better, then you may wish to think about some research that came from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2012, where women who drank one of these drinks a day, increased their risk of a stroke by 83 per cent. Artificial sweeteners could also cause diabetes (research courtesy of the Diabetes Care 2013) who say that these sweeteners can cause a sudden blood insulin and glucose spike/rush, which will could eventually make the person insulin resistant, thus causing diabetes.
In the hot weather, you may wish to crack open a can, but first think about whether this is a once in a while drink, or if you have consumed far too much and should think about cutting your intake down. Most importantly, consider children and their consumption. Sugar has been given the nickname of ‘crystal meth of the food world’ and so far, I cannot help but agree.