"It won't kill you if you drink it in moderation." How many times have you heard that? 'Moderation' seems to be a buzz word these days.
But recent research from the Stellenbosch University in South Africa suggests just two cans a week of soft drink can increase the risk of stroke, heart disease and diabetes.
Just one 350ml can has 14g of sugar than the daily recommended serving.
The study, published in the Journal of Endocrine Society found that soft drinks had several negative implications for your health, even at small doses. Risk factors included weight gain, elevated blood pressure and reduced 'good' cholesterol levels.
Looking at a group of 36 individuals who all consumed more than five soft drinks a week. Evidence proved a strong link between sugar-packed drinks, weight gain and a greater potential for heart disease. Regular consumption also affected insulin levels, increasing the risk of developing type 2 Diabetes.
Over a 10 week period, insulin became 17 per cent less effective in those participants.
"The increased prevalence of cardiometabolic disorders is strongly linked to greater urbanisation and the adoption of detrimental lifestyle choices that include sedentary behaviour, smoking and poor dietary preferences," says senior study author, Professor Faadiel Essop.
"The findings demonstrate there is a clear need for public education about harmful effects of excess consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages."
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