We all have heard about health risks of cola. As if you needed more reasons to avoid cola, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that as little as one to two servings of sugar-sweetened drinks a day is connected to a 35% increased risk of heart disease.
But the more shocking news from the sugar study may be that in spite of surmounting evidence that consuming too many beverages containing fructose and sucrose can lead to a number of serious health risks, we still drink them; in fact, one in four Americans takes in 200 calories from sugary drinks every day.
As for why these drinks are so harmful to our health, study authors highlight how our bodies metabolize fructose in the liver, where it’s converted into fatty compounds (triglycerides) that can cause insulin resistance, a known risk factor in heart disease and diabetes. The researchers urge juice and soda drinkers to opt for healthier alternatives including water, tea and coffee — without sugar of course.