For years we have been told to cut the fat to avoid heart disease and that fat raised cholesterol and triglycerides. Well a new study in the journal Circulation found that men (but I would imagine it’s true for women as well) who drank one 12 oz. sugary drink a day increased their risk of heart disease by 20%.
The tested the participants for C-reactive protein levels (inflammation), triglycerides and HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol). The findings showed men who daily drank a sugary drink had higher triglyceride and CRP levels, as well as lower HDL levels, compared to non-sugar beverage drinkers.
While the American Heart Association recommends no more than about 150 calories for men and 100 for women every day to come from sugary drinks, my suggestion is to avoid them completely. That includes soda, fruit juices, energy drinks, sweet tea. Sugar is the problem here – sugar raises the unhealthy fats in the blood like LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Including healthy fats will improve those levels. Could this be why our country went “fat free” and we’ve become fatter and diabetes and heart disease are epidemic? And please do not think artificial sweeteners are the answer – they have serious dangers of their own.
How many sugary drinks do you consume a day?