Hard truths about soft drinks
Middle-aged adults who regularly consume soft drinks have a 48% greater risk of having or developing metabolic syndrome than those who don't according to data from the Framingham Heart Study. Soft drink consumption has been linked to obesity and other problems in children and adolescents, but the association in adults has been unclear.
Researchers analyzed data taken from two evaluations between 1998 and 2001. The data included 8,997 "person observations." All subjects were in their mid-50's and free from metabolic syndrome at base line.
Besides having a higher risk of metabolic syndrome, those who drank at least one soft drink daily had significantly higher triglycerides or high fasting blood glucose, and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Whether they drank diet or regular soft drinks didn't matter.
After controlling for saturated and trans fat consumption, dietary fiber intake, smoking and physical activity, researchers found that soft drink consumption was still significantly linked to metabolic syndromes and other health problems.
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