The Sugar Timebomb Lurking in Your Drink (Even Those So-Called 'Healthy' Yogurt Ones)

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Could that
supposedly ‘healthy’ yogurt drink increase your risk of
developing type 2 diabetes? Worrying new research suggests it might.

One finding
was that people who had just one or two sugary drinks a day were
26 per cent more likely to develop diabetes or metabolic syndrome
(a precursor to diabetes), and were also at greater risk of obesity,
said researchers from the prestigious International Chair on Cardiometabolic
Risk.

There is no
doubt that sugary drinks are a real factor in childhood obesity,
explains endocrinologist Professor Nick Finer, of University College
London Hospitals. ‘One of the problems is that 20 per cent
of a child’s energy now comes from sugar in or added to drinks
and foods – and this is linked to weight gain and obesity.’

And it’s
not just fizzy soft drinks to blame – some yogurt drinks can
contain as much as 15 teaspoons of sugar in just one serving.

Unfortunately
these liquid calories are ‘invisible’, explains nutritionist
Susan Jebb, of the Medical Research Council (MRC). ‘They don’t
satisfy us in the same way calories from food would, so we can consume
more without feeling full.’

‘Meanwhile,
they are so sugary our bodies react by releasing large surges of
insulin. Repeated occurrences of these insulin spikes can make the
body less sensitive to the hormone, increasing the risk of insulin
resistance (when our bodies don’t react to insulin properly)
which may lead to diabetes.’

So what is
the sugar content of your favourite drink? We asked Glenys Jones
of the MRC’s Department of Human Nutrition Research to calculate
the number of teaspoons in 40 popular beverages; the results may
well shock you.

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November
19, 2010

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