Sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup added to sports beverages and juice drinks may be one of the main reasons for the rise in overweight and obesity in Americans and particularly children, according to the October 2006 issue of the Harvard Health Letter.
Sugary Beverages Fuel the Obesity Epidemic
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Dr. Diet weighs in:
Liquid calories especially those loaded with sugar are such a problem for people wanting to lose weight because they’re easy to consume in large portions and they don’t leave you feeling full or really satisfied.
And as studies have shown, people just don’t cut back on other calories to make “room” for those sugary beverage calories.
Some startling statistics from Harvard researchers is their finding that women who drank one or more sugar-sweetened soft drinks per day were 83 % more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women who drank less than one a month; these women were also likely to gain weight.
Recommendations are to replace these sugary beverages with water or other non-caloric drinks; but if you’re someone who just can’t live without them, please try and limit your intake to no more than 8 ounces per day.