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Sugar Drinks – Weight Gain, Simple



Sugary drinks = weight gain.  

Make a simple change and replace with water. Small steps for a great gain. 

Posted by Deborah Fields 



"I know of no other category of food whose elimination can produce weight loss in such a short period of time. The most effective single target for an intervention aimed at reducing obesity is sugary beverages," said Dr. David Ludwig from Boston Children's Hospital to Reuters Health.

Obesity rates have risen sharply over the last couple of years, lifestyle and eating and drinking changes have all played a considerable role in this, and three new studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine have shown that sugary drinks have a strong relationship with weight gain. Since the 1970s both the intake of sugary drinks and also the obesity rate have doubles, clearly there is something there. 

In the first study researchers were looking at weight gain and genetics. They studied more than 33,000 men and women. The study found that the people who drank large quantities of sugary drinks were twice as likely to experience weight gain due to genetic factors. 

In the second study led by Dr. Ludwig the researchers looked at 224 children who were assigned either a sugary drink or a non-caloric drink. The research found that the non-caloric drinks could actually reduce the weight of the children.   

In the third study 641 children from a Danish school were studied. They were randomly assigned to get a can of sugary or non-caloric drink for a year and a half. Although the drinks were similar in both appearance and taste the children who drank the non-caloric drink gained less weight than those drinking the sugary drink. 


Original Article can be found here: Written by Amber Moore 22/09/12

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