Think Before You Drink

You exercise and eat well so you just assume it is okay to have a sugary drink every once in a while, right?

Wrong!

According to a study in 2015 from the Journal of American College Cardiology even one sugary beverage a day is bad for you. Consuming too many beverages with high fructose corn syrup or table sugar increases your risk of excess weight gain, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and just one or two servings of a pop can a day can increase your risk of a heart attack or heart disease by 35 percent.

There are multiple reasons as to why sugary drinks are bad for you. Here are some of them:

  1. They are strongly linked to weight gain
  2. Large amounts of sugar are turned into fat
  3. Sugar drastically increases belly (visceral) fat
  4. Sugary soda can cause insulin resistance
  5. Sugary beverages may be the leading cause of Type 2 Diabetes
  6. Sugary beverages can increase risk of heart disease

According to a report from the 2005-10 NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) database, Americans eat about 20 teaspoons of sugar (320 calories) a day. The American Heart Association recommend at the most to have 6 teaspoons (100 calories) daily.

 The study also found that Type 2 Diabetes is closely connected to the obesity epidemic and can be dangerous if undetected or poorly controlled. Monitor your visceral fat with a Tanita BC-533 body composition analyzer and track your healthy lifestyle habits.

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