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Consuming Two Fizzy Drinks a Day Leads to INCREASED Risk of Liver Disease But Diet Drinks AVOID Damaging Effects

August 27, 2015

  •  Fizzy drinks sweetened with sugar like cola linked to non-alcoholic fatty disease of the liver
  • And there could also be connections with heart disease and diabetes
  • Over 2,000 participants in the study revealed how many sugary or caffeinated drinks they consumed on a daily basis
  • But researchers did not find any link between diet drinks and NAFLD

A study shows that drinking two cans of fizzy drink on a daily basis increases your risk of liver disease. Scientists have found that people, who drink more than one sugar-sweetened drink such as cola or lemonade a day, are more prone to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) than those who said they did not consume any fizzy drinks at all. As a result of this, they have warned that sugary drinks could also be associated with heart disease and diabetes.

However, they discovered that low-sugar diets versions of the same drink do not seem to have the same damaging effects as the fizzy drinks. The team of researchers from Tufts University studied two thousand six hundred and thirty-four (2,634) middle aged men and women who revealed during the research how many fizzy drinks such as cola, lemonade, fruit punch, or other non-carbonated fruit drinks they consumed on a daily basis. The participants went through a computed tomography (CT) scan in order to measure the amount of fat present in their liver, and some were identified to be having non-alcoholic fatty disease (NAFLD) Another group of researchers from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Center on Aging at the University, noticed that NAFLD was more prevalent among people who reported to be drinking more than one sugar-sweetened beverage every day, compared to those who said they did not drink fizzy drinks.

According to the study which was published in the journal of Hepatology, there was a confirmation that there is a link after authors accounted for body mass and dietary, age, sex, and lifestyle factors such as calorie intake, smoking, and alcohol. In contrast to previous studies, after accounting for these factors the authors did not find any link between diet cola and NAFLD. A study author by the name Dr. Jiantao Ma was quoted as saying “our study adds to a growing body of research suggesting that sugar-sweetened beverages may linked to NAFLD and other chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Few observational studies, to date, have examined the relationship between sugar-sweetened beverages and NAFLD.

Also, long term prospective studies are needed to help ascertain the potential role of sugar-sweetened beverages in the development of NAFLD.” Dr. Nicola Mckeown, a co-author of the study made a contribution that “The cross-sectional nature of this study prevents us from establishing causality. However, future prospective studies are needed to account for the changes in beverage consumption over time as fizzy drinks consumers may switch to diet fizzy drinks and these changes may be related to weight status (obese). Although there is much more to be done in the aspect of research, sugar-sweetened beverages are a source of empty calories, and people need to be mindful of how much they are drinking, perhaps by reserving this habit for special occasions.” What do you think about these recent findings? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!

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