The Problem with Fizzy Drinks
A recent study by Cancer Research UK has found that children of all ages were consuming too much sugar in drinks. Drinks are teenagers’ main source of added sugar, and too much can lead to obesity and healthy problems.
A five-year old should have no more than 19g of sugar a day, a 10-year old no more than 24g, and teenagers and adults no more than 30g.
A typical can of cola contains 35g (nine teaspoons).
If this isn’t enough to make your kids kick their fizzy drink habit, here are 8 reasons that might change their minds!
- They can increase our risk of cancer
There have been many studies that have looked at the links between various types of cancer and fizzy drink consumption. They suggest:
- Drinking just two sugary soft drinks a week increases the amount of insulin the pancreas produces and can double the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
- Drinking just one fizzy drink a day could increase a man’s chance of developing prostrate cancer by around 40%.
- They can raise our risk of heart disease
Scientists in America found a strong link between the proportion of daily calories from foods laden with added sugars (like fizzy drinks) and death rates from cardiovascular disease. They claimed that drinking three cans a day could triple our risk of heart disease.
- They can lead to diabetes
Sugar-laden drinks have been proven to increase cases of Type 2 diabetes. A study conducted between 1990 and 2000 estimated that the increased consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks contributed to 130,000 new cases of diabetes.
- They can cause liver damage
A study from 2009 found that sugary drinks can cause fatty liver disease and drinking just two cans per day could lead to liver damage.
- They can change your brain
As well as affecting the body, fizzy drinks have been found to alter the protein levels in the brain, which could lead to hyperactivity.
- They can cause early puberty
A Harvard Medical School study of 5,583 girls ages 9-14 found that those who drank just one-and-a-half cans of soft drink a day had their first periods earlier than those who did not. This consequently meant that their risk of cancer increased.
- They can make us fat
This one may seem obvious. However, what you may not know is that diet soft drinks can still affect our waistline dramatically. A study found that those who drank diet fizzy drinks saw their waistlines expand nearly three times as much as non-drinkers and even more so than those drinking non-diet versions.
- They can increase our risk of Alzheimer’s
Scientists in America found that mice fed the equivalent of five cans of sugary drinks a day had worse memories and twice the amount of brain deposits associated with the disease than mice without added sugar in their diet. This suggests that fizzy drinks could be linked with Alzheimer’s.
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