Sweet soft drinks: strategy against the sugar bombs
Obesity, diabetes, tooth decay: the frequent consumption of sweet soft drinks poses a lot of health risks. Nutrition experts and medical professionals therefore advise against such drinks. A strategy against the sugar bombs and an efficient method of preventing diabetes is to drink more water.
High sugar consumption makes you sick
Health experts keep warning: avoid consuming too much sugar. Frequent consumption of the sweetener can lead to enormous health problems such as tooth decay, obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes. A lot of sugar is absorbed in sweet lemonades. Such soft drinks are often the cause of obesity. Some experts believe that the problem can be addressed with a sugar-fat tax, as it already exists in some countries. However, a majority of Germans reject the sugar tax. Experts from Austria report on a simple strategy against the sugar bombs.
Reduce consumption of liquid "sugar bombs"
"Water against sugar instead of water with sugar": This is the motto of the Austrian Diabetes Society (ÖDG) to efficiently prevent the development of overweight and diabetes. A special thorn in the side of the eyes are the soft drinks that have been sugared by the doctors. As the APA news agency reports, they want consumers and legislators to be more aware of incentives that reduce the consumption of liquid “sugar bombs”. Numerous studies have shown that conscious consumption of fluids can help prevent obesity. "But this only applies to tap water, mineral water and unsweetened teas," said ÖDG President Hermann Toplak. Even supposedly healthy drinks like smoothies have a high sugar content.
"Soft drinks are not that soft at all"
Toplak, the metabolism expert at the lipid metabolism outpatient clinic at the University Medical Center of the Medical University of Graz, warned that choosing the wrong drink against thirst could even increase the risk of being overweight and promote diabetes. "There is water in the type certificate of people, but in the translated sense, fuel is usually filled with kerosene," says the expert. Various studies have shown in recent years that there is a strong connection between the consumption of so-called soft drinks and the development of obesity and its complications such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. "One liter of a soft drink has around 500 calories, so you almost" drank "a liver cheese roll without being full. The soft drinks are not so soft when it comes to our health, but extremely dangerous, ”said Helmuth Brath from the Vienna South Health Center.
Warnings could be an option
The ÖDG called for a socio-political discussion: “Legislators can offer incentives to reduce the consumption of soft drinks. For example, a tax is levied on sweet drinks in Mexico, ”said Toplak. Similar measures have also been taken in other countries. France, for example, introduced a “cola tax” years ago. Although it does not have to be a tax in the Alpine Republic, "mandatory and visible warnings are another option to raise awareness of the issue," said the medical doctor from Graz. He would like the various tried and tested models to be examined for their suitability. “But the results of interventions in Hungary, Mexico or Great Britain cannot be adopted one-to-one for Austria. Many local regional factors relating to eating and exercise behavior play a role here, ”says Toplak.
Drink enough water daily
The answer to the question of how much water should we drink is not the same for everyone. According to an expert from the German Nutrition Society (DGE), the “absolute lower limit” is one liter a day. According to other experts, humans excrete about 2.5 liters of water a day through sweating and metabolic processes. To make up for this loss, an adult should drink about one and a half liters a day. The remaining amount of liquid is taken up with the food. In heat and thus increased perspiration, it can still be three liters or more.
Effect on blood sugar levels
As stated in the APA report, drinks sweetened with sugar would not only contribute to obesity due to their effect on blood sugar levels and their low satiety potential, but also insulin resistance (as a precursor to type 2 diabetes). In a press release, Prof. Toplak explained: “Part of the fluid requirement can also be covered by light drinks, since they also help to save calories. However, it should be borne in mind here that taste perception is increasingly conditioned to "sweet". "However, other experts see it differently and advise against consuming light drinks, since the sweetener contained can also be associated with a risk of diabetes. (ad)