The Nurses Health Study evaluated over 88,000 women aged 34 to 59 over 24 years. They recently reported that women who drank 2 or more sweetened beverages a day had a 35% increase in their risk for heart disease (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, April 2009). Sweetened beverages in this study included: Caffeinated and non-caffeinated colas and carbonated beverages with sugar. The increased risk was not observed with artificially sweetened drinks. The researchers believe that the sweetened beverages can increase triglycerol levels and this might be the cause of the heart problems.
Enjoying an occasional sweetened beverage may be okay but – Moderation is Key!
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