“The consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks has been associated with excess weight and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes (1, 2) and these conditions are related to an increased risk of mortality, cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and other chronic diseases.” Wow, I know, let’s just take the sugar out, that will solve the problem.
I thought I would do a search on why taking sugar out of my diet might be a good option. After all I really don’t want an increased risk of diabetes, although anyone who knows me knows I wouldn’t mind the weight gain. But that’s me.
I found some articles, “10 surprising benefits of quitting sugar”, “141 Reasons Sugar Ruins Your Health”, “Top 9 Reasons to Avoid Sugar as if Your Life Depended on it”, and “How giving up sugar can take 20 years off your looks”, just to name a few of the 114,000 results that showed up from my search.
I also recently saw That Sugar Film, which I highly recommend. Makes you more aware of how much sugar is how much sugar.
According to this article we are certainly reducing our soft drink intake. This leads me to think that society is well on the way to believing that all sugar is bad and must be eliminated.
And then I found it! I was shopping one day and noticed a new product next to a product I maybe regularly purchase. Schweppes Lemonade 30% Sugar Out .
Well, actually there is sugar in the product, but 30% less than the original variety of Lemonade. Given they already had a Sugar Free product (with artificial sweeteners) now they have one with less sugar and a natural sweetener (stevia).
But if we replace the sugar with artificial sweeteners, does it make any difference?
A 2012 study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition investigated the association between artificially sweetened and sugar-containing soft drinks and the risk of hematopoetic cancers (Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, and other hematologic disorders).
It looked at a number of studies that had been done and concluded that they add to a growing body of evidence on the adverse health effects of soft drinks; however these findings are suggestive, not conclusive, but they warrant further investigation on long-term intake of soft drinks, diet soft drinks, and aspartame.
Maybe taking the sugar out and replacing it with artificial sweeteners is not exactly the best idea. Although it is great to see some improvement in the addition of natural sweeteners. Check back next week for a closer look at the ingredients of these new improved soft drinks!
So what do you do, reduce your sugar intake, avoid it completely, or sit somewhere in the middle? Please leave a comment below.