Study: Soda really does kill
New research gives credence to NYC Mayor Bloomberg's assertion that 'people are dying every day' from sugary drinks.
While you might feel guilty sipping down the calories in a can of Coca-Cola (KO), a new study from Harvard researchers isn't going to help you justify your soda habit.
Sugary drinks are linked to 180,000 deaths a year around the world, with 25,000 people alone dying in the U.S. from health problems related to sodas and other sweetened beverages, the researchers found.
"We know that sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to obesity, and that a large number of deaths are caused by obesity-related diseases. But until now, nobody had really put these pieces together," said Harvard School of Public Health postdoctoral research fellow and lead author Gitanjali Singh, according to ABC News.
The assertion will likely be received with welcome ears by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has waged a war against large servings of soda and other sugary drinks.
A judge struck down Bloomberg's citywide ban earlier this month, calling it "arbitrary and capricious." But Bloomberg has vowed to continue his fight, noting, "People are dying every day." That's something the study seems to support, with researchers finding that 1 out of 100 deaths of obese people can be blamed on too many sweetened beverages.
Of the deaths linked to sweetened drinks in 2010, most were from diabetes, with cardiovascular disease and cancer the No. 2 and No. 3 causes, respectively.
One woman's death was linked to her Coca-Cola habit when a New Zealand coroner last month said 31-year old Natasha Harris' sugar and caffeine intake was a "substantial factor in her demise. She drank more than 2.6 gallons of classic Coke each day, according to ABC News.
The American Beverage Association, a trade group, attacked the Harvard research, which hasn't yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal but was presented at the American Heart Association's annual meeting this week.
The study "is more about sensationalism than science," the group said in a statement. "It does not show that consuming sugar-sweetened beverages causes chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer -- the real causes of death among the studied subjects."
The statement adds that the researchers "make a huge leap" when linking sweetened beverages to the deaths.
Next the government will ban soft drinks and sugar.
They won't be satisfied until we're all living off water and rice cakes.
Ahh but it is one of personal not governmental choice.
Many soda also take the old rust off of an engine or metal piece-----this has been common knowledge for years------yet when our Gov't wants to ban soda yet promotes GMO foods----there is something very wrong going on here!
They approve of poisons in our food yet want to ban soda cause it can go to the Gut. They accept GMO foods which do ontribute to Childhood Obesity----yet want to ban a large soda.
Man, our Gov't can easily be described asd Fooked UP Royally!
Yes, the sugar in soda kills. But so does the sugar in doughnuts, cookies, candy, ice-cream, etc. Does this mean we should ban every little thing that has sugar in it just because one day, someone just might take a little too much sugar and end up with type-2 diabetes and then die? Absoultely not.
It isn't the government's responsibility to control our bad eating habits. Leave it to parents, teachers and doctors to educate us about the health risks. Meanwhile, the government can get around to dealing with real issues, like the economy and foreign relations.
Statin drugs doctors push them like candy to people any one over 40 is on them been on crestor for 5 years starting to go down hill cramps headaches don't feel good weakens in your mussels Well gess what i stopped taking the pill feeling so much better don't have chest pain if i try to work a little harder just basic feeel better so what does that tell you will see if the good feeling keeps up ???????
I love sodas and am not overweight by any means. If anything, I am underweight for my height (5'6 115lbs) I drink soda every day because I love it. I know the health risks associated with it THEREFORE I try not to drink more than 8oz. a day. Anyone that drinks sodas KNOWs how bad they are for you so it's THEIR own personal responsibility to limit the amount they drink every day. It is not the soda companies fault, it is the individual who buys and consumes these drinks. It should be each INDIVIDUALS responsibility to limit the amount of 'toxic' substances they put in their body daily if they want to live longer. Common sense. I have ZERO health problems (and I drink soda and smoke cigarettes) because I do stuff to make up for all the 'bad' stuff i put in my body (exercise, drink twice the amount of water you're supposed to in a day, take as many deep breaths outside as I can, and much more) I do all of this because I KNOW what I'm putting in my body will one day hurt me, I do not blame the soda or tobacco companies for doing this to me BECAUSE I CHOOSE TO DO IT, just like every other American has the right to do. Maybe if I die bc I get lung cancer from smoking, my family can sue the **** out of Marlboro and be rich.
Lazy, Fat, and people who don’t respect their body but then blame other people for their problems is ONE of many things that is wrong with this country. Rant end.
Technically you can die by drinking too much water too. But I doubt you could legislate people to not drink too much of it.
The reason soft drinks are getting the bad rap, is because of the problem of growing obesity in the US population (have you looked at your neighbors lately). We can't force people to eat less, so they are trying to get people to eat better.
Why? Because the spiraling cost of healthcare. It cost money that no one seems to want to pay to take care of those obese people who develop "metabolic syndrone" which is a preventable. Sugary drinks are an easy target because they're full of chemicals and loaded with calories. But they are also very profitable.
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