The perils of sugary beverages strike again. In an evaluation from the famed Framingham Heart Study, scientist found that even modest consumption of sugary beverages was tied to a significant risk of developing pre-diabetes. For this study scientists followed the diets and health status of 1,685 adults over a 14-year period. Study subjects consuming an average of six, 12 ounce servings of sugary beverages (soda and or fruit drinks) weekly were 46 percent more likely to develop pre-diabetes.
There is now a solid body of evidence confirming that sugary beverages are uniquely fattening and disruptive to metabolic function. In fact, eliminating sugary beverages offers the greatest health returns of any dietary intervention.
(J. Nutrition, 2016; 146:1-7 DOI: 10.3945/jn.116.234047)