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Soda Consumption Tied to Increased Coronary Heart Disease Risk

Mike Barrett
March 13th, 2012
Updated 11/04/2012 at 12:06 am
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Proving once again that soda consumption leads to a massive decline in health, recent research gives people just one more reason to stay away from the sugar-laden beverages. The recent study shows how consuming only one soda or sugar-sweetened beverage per day can result in a 20 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease in men.

Heart Disease Risk Increased by 20 Percent from Soda Consumption

For 22 years, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health tracked approximately 43,000 individuals, including dentists, pharmacists, physicians, veterinarians, and other health professionals ages 40 to 75. During this time, the participating men filled out surveys telling of their diet and other health habits. Blood samples were also collected by the researchers from over 18,000 men.

The blood sample tests showed that individuals consuming sugary beverages very often had higher higher levels of dangerous blood fats known as triglycerides and proteins linking to heart disease. The research, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, found that 12 ounces of sugar drinks such as soda, fruit drinks, or other beverages with added sugar rose the risk of heart disease by 20 percent. Heart disease risk increased with each additional sugary beverage consumed.

This research comes shortly after soft drink giants Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co. took action in removing a carcinogenic ingredient from their soft drink formulas, still insisting that the cancer-linked substance was ‘safe’. Consumer watchdog group Center for Sciences in the Public Interest has been urging the Food and Drug Administration for quite some time to ban the use of the carcinogenic ingredient used as caramel coloring, but it wasn’t until very recently the soft drink giants decided to remove it. The removal, however, wasn’t initiated to protect consumers from the harmful nature of the substances, but rather to avoid being slapped with a cancer warning label.

Needless to say, the health risks soft drinks pose to your health is not limited to coronary heart disease or the carcinogenic nature of the recently removed caramel coloring. These beverages are packed with cancer-inducing sugars, often in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, and contribute to countless health complications. With the consumption of sugary beverages comes an increased risk of diabetes, obesity, pancreatic cancer, metabolic syndrome, and DNA damage, to name a few.

About Mike Barrett:
2.thumbnail Soda Consumption Tied to Increased Coronary Heart Disease Risk Google Plus Profile |Mike is the co-founder, editor, and researcher behind Natural Society. Studying the work of top natural health activists, and writing special reports for top 10 alternative health websites, Mike has written hundreds of articles and pages on how to obtain optimum wellness through natural health.

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  • ezbuddy

    The medical establishment is more interested in providing ways to treat symptoms, which keeps them in business, than really healing & keeping us healthy. It doesn't pay when no one is sick.

    Sugar, meat & polutants are what's making us sick, and the medical & food industry are only interested in what pays their bills.

  • Tobe

    This story is correct. I've been dumping 1 to 2 liters of regular dr. pepper into my system this last year. My EKG's have begun to read abnormal, I don't feel very well, not like I used to. I'm 61. I'm a bit scared after knowing the dangers, yet still consuming the poison. Time to stop and help me. My cholesterol and triglyceride levels were precisely what this story tells us.

  • joe bassett

    They've always known about sweets. You figure you dump a gallong of orange juice and your pan, fish,b oysters areas is overloaded. You should only drink water. You body needs that and good doctors would tell you. Eat wild animals and seafood.

    • ezbuddy

      Eating wild animals or ANY meats is worse for your body & mind than anything else. The meat industry has fed us a pile of crap about meat. It's bad. Period!

      Compair the health of any vegetarian with any meat eater. Open your eyes, canabils.

  • Marty

    I was told by a nutritionist 20 years ago to stop drinking a pint of orange juice each day because my liver was being overwhelmed and dumping triglycerides into the blood which will lead to heart disease. I follow her advice. If she knew the danger why didn't the food industry know it and act on it? Our ancestors ate fat but for sweets had only whole fruits and very little refined carbohydrates to eat. Heart disease was rare.

    As an analogy if my mechanic found oil in the radiator and as a solution told be to stop putting oil in my car I would think it strange. I might wonder if my car is malfunctioning is the cause. All through the eighties and nineties and so on fat was reduced in so much food even while sugar was being added. Heart disease and etc have increased dramatically. Play it safe and eat as naturally as possible. Our present corporate food providers don't care about our health.