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Sugar sweetened beverages linked to obesity risk

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Thursday June 27, 2013 (foodconsumer.org) -- A new study in Pediatrics suggests that children should not eat too much salt, which would force them to drink sugar-sweetened beverages or soft drinks and increase the risk of developing obesity.

It is known that fructose can increase the risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus.   Sugars commonly used in sweetened beverages are sucrose and high fructose corn syrup, both of which contain fructose.

Carley A. Grimes from School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University in Burwood, Australia and colleagues conducted the study and found dietary salt intake was positively associated with fluid consumption and in older children, salt intake was also positively associated with increased intake of sugar sweetened beverages.

To be exact, each additional 1 gram of salt per day was linked with intake of 46 grams of fluid per day.  And in those drinking sugar sweetened beverages, salt intake was positively associated with greater intake of sugar sweetened beverages.  

Those who consumed more than one serving or 250 grams of sugar sweetened beverages were 26 percent more likely to develop overweight or obesity, which has been recently recognized by the medical circle as a disease.

Data used in the study came from participants aged 2 to 16 years who were enrolled in the 2007 Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey. 

The study suggests that reduced intake of salt can not only help prevent high blood pressure, but also help prevent obesity. *reporting by David Liu, PHD)

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