Sugary drinks directly linked to conditions including heart disease, diabetes and cancer cause 184,000 deaths worldwide annually, a new study indicates.
Around 25,000 deaths sole in the United States occurs because of sweetened sodas, energy beverages, fruit juices containing added sugar, ice teas etc, says researchers at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
Sweetened drinks add to obesity and that increases risks of various obesity related diseases, says Dariush Mozaffarian, dean at the college’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
17 million people dies every year around the world all because of obesity related diseases, says Mozaffarian, in Circulation, a journal by the American Heart Association.
“It should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet,” Mozaffarian says.“Since this is a single food category without any health benefit, it is a natural thing to eliminate from our diets,” he added.
The death toll figure from extra consumption of sweetened beverages is most prominent in low and middle income nations, with 3 of each 4 of such death happening in poor or developing areas, the specialists say. Of course hygiene is a piece of matter here too.
“Among the 20 countries with the highest estimated sugar-sweetened beverage-related deaths, at least eight were in Latin America and the Caribbean, reflecting the high intakes in that region of the world,” says study lead Gitanjali Singh.
In Mexico diabetes besets an entire 10 % of the overall population, has the most high death rate in the world all because of sweetened beverages.
The USA is second, with 125 deaths per each million connected to the sweet beverages.
In Japan, interestingly – a nation where the most prevalent beverages are unsweetened teas – death toll from sweetened beverages are almost to zero. Researchers says.
Basically sugary drinks here as per researchers reflects drinks sweetened with the help of sugar cane, sweetened by means of beet sugar or the very high fructose corn syrup.
In America, the normal individual uses more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day, chiefly from sugar-sweetened drinks. That likens to around 350 additional calories a day, researchers said.
While taking out sugar-sweetened drinks won’t reduce risks from all diet related diseases or obesity, Mozaffarian says, but it is a very first step.
“This is not complicated,” Mozaffrian says. “There are no health benefits from sugar-sweetened beverages, and the potential impact of reducing consumption is saving tens of thousands of deaths each year.”
In Pakistan the deaths usually not occurs because of sweetened beverages rather from poor hygeine quality local drinks, which causes illness like dysentery, Diarrhea, food poisoning etc.