I do not know how you feel but for me the many conflicting stories I have read about how fizzy drinks contributing to the deterioration of our cardiovascular system make my head spin. Let’s not forget whether you are young or old the damage that can be done to our teeth when drinking excessively fizzy drinks.
The latest story is how researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston have found that fizzy sugar-based drinks consumed on a daily basis increase the number of certain fats and proteins in our blood which has been linked to heart (coronary) problems.
Dietitian Tracy Parker from the British Heart Foundation said:
“Sugary drinks (fizzy drinks) shouldn’t be a daily part of our diet. Go for healthier choices such as water, low-fat kinds of milk, or unsweetened juices, which are kinder to our waistline as well as our heart.”
The Express back in November 2011 penned an article on how drinking 2 or more fizzy drinks (with added sugar) a day increases a woman’s risk of heart disease and diabetes by at least four times the norm, and amassing high levels of Triglycerides (a type of fat found in the blood) which have been linked to heart disease and stroke.
Dr. Christina Shay of the University of Oklahoma, back then when this particular story aired, said:
“Women may have a greater chance of developing cardiovascular disease risk factors from sugar-sweetened drinks because they require fewer calories than men, which makes each calorie count more towards the risk.”
The result came from a 5-year study of more than 4,000 people, age 45 to 84.