That Diet Coke May Not Be Your Friend; That Regular Coke May Not Be Either

A recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine indicates that a diet too heavy in sugar intake leads to a higher probability of cardiovascular disease and death later on in life, even if one is not overweight.


As previously discussed in our article That Diet Coke May Not Be Your Friend, sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and artificially-sweetened beverages (ASBs) both pose long-term cardiovascular risks and consumption of both is associated with a higher risk of fatality later on in life.


According to Mubashar A. Choudry M.D., F.A.C.C., Chief Medical Officer, Washington Cardiovascular Institute, the findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine expand on this beverage-related cardiovascular threat and illustrate the broader implications of a generally sugar-laden diet.


Participants in the JAMA study whose daily caloric intake was 25% or more constituted of sugars were found to be twice as likely to die from heart disease, regardless of demographics (age, race, gender etc.). Dr. Choudry urges recognition of the fact that Americans’ number one source of added sugar is sugar-sweetened beverages.


According to Dr. Choudry, in order to reduce potential risk for cardiovascular health complications and potential death in the future, people must pay close attention to their sugar intake. If sugar intake is too high, it is useful to first look at cutting out SSBs and ASBs and instead replacing these potentially fatal drinks with a mixed drink of seltzer water and fruit or simply drinking water


If our last article showed you anything, it’s that ASBs (and diet anything) weren’t your friends. Dr. Choudry reiterates the study in communicating that the non-diet version may not, and is not, either. It is best to practice moderation and to monitor closely sugar and added sugar intake, ultimately deciding how you consume the sugar that you can, and where to cut out sugar you shouldn’t.

To learn more about the study and the implications of sugar intake, read our next article Dollars To Donuts, You Want a Banana, Not a Banana Split.

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