Sideline Soda Consumption to Reduce Heart Risks
Sugary sodas raise your blood glucose, and now a study suggests they may be bad for your heart, too. Researchers reviewed blood tests and the sugary-beverage drinking habits of nearly 6,000 middle-aged adults, 11 percent of whom had diabetes; follow-up lasted up to 23 years. Consuming more than 12 ounces of soda or fruit drinks (such as lemonade and fruit punch) each day nearly doubled the risk for low HDL (“good”) cholesterol and raised the risk for high triglycerides by 53 percent, compared with drinking less. Nothing beats water as a thirst quencher; for more excitement, try sugar-free flavored water.
Source: Journal of the American Heart Association, Feb. 26, 2020