Drinking Sugary Drinks Is a Sweet Way to Die

The data on deaths related to drinking high sugar beverages were collected as part of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study.  Researchers talked with experts across the globe to obtain 114 national dietary surveys, covering more than 60% of the world population.  The study was publically released today, March 20, 2013, in a presentation to the American Heart Association session on disease prevention.

Of the estimated 184,000 adult deaths worldwide associated with sugar-sweetened soda, sports drinks, and fruit drinks, the causes included 132,000 from diabetes, 45,000 from cardiovascular disease, and 4,600 from cancers, according to Gitanjali Singh, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues.  This seems to be an extremely low number, but the correlation of world soda pop consumption to diabetes and obesity hasn’t been a priority.

Obesity is directly related to sugary drinks as well as an imbalance in nutrition as sugary drinks are substituted for healthier foods.  Sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are the primary constituents in soft drinks. The corn producers have been arguing that sugar is sugar so we can include HFCS in with cane and beet sugars as culprits in the obesity link.

It has been shown that drinking sugary drinks does not trigger the brain to indicate that calories have been consumed.  People stay hungry when drinking Coke, Pepsi and other sugary drinks.  The drink empty calories and then eat other foods until they trigger a reaction in the brain.

Mexico has the highest death rate per million due to sugary drinks.  They produce and use a great amount of sugar in their drinks, and their death rate is highest due to diabetes.  The study attributed 318 deaths per million to sugary drinks.  The Caribbean islands also have a high consumption rate for sugary drinks, and a high level of diabetes.

Countries that have low consumption rates of sugary drinks, e.g. China and Japan, have lower incidences of diabetes and obesity.  Japan had an attributed level of 10 deaths per million due to sugary drinks.

The American Heart Association is recommending no more than 450 calories from sugar per week for persons on a 2,000 calorie per day diet.  There is no doubt that people that are diabetic or obese are at a much higher risk for heart disease and strokes.

All of the sugary drinks contain some form of acid.  Phosphoric acid is added as a flavor enhancer.  Carbonic acid is the result of putting carbon dioxide into the water to give it fizz.  Citric acid is a flavor enhancer.  Both phosphoric acid and citric acid kill mold, which would otherwise occur due to the high sugar content.  The kidneys take the brunt of the damage from these acids as they filter out these water soluble acids and excrete them in the urine.

When Michael Bloomberg was mayor of New York City, he tried to protect New Yorkers that drink soda to limiting the size to 16 ounces.  A judge ruled that people have a right to kill themselves using sugary drinks.  It is a sweet way to die.

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