Study Shows Soda Pop and Other Sugary Drinks Kill About 180,000 People Every Year

By Shepard Ambellas

(INTELLIHUB) — It is alarming to know that most Americans drink sugary beverages. In fact a massive propaganda (advertisement) campaign started back before my time. Soda pops were only 5 cents according to my Dad.

However, at that time sodas and other drinks were likely made with real sugars as opposed to high fructose corn syrup which is used in most drinks today as a form of sweetener (a cancer inhibitor). In fact researchers from University of California-Los Angeles found just that. An excerpt from a Mike Adams article reads;

Their findings, which were published in the journal Cancer Research, could help explain earlier studies that have linked ingestion of fructose with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease.

“These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation,” Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center and colleagues wrote in 2010.

“They have major significance for cancer patients given dietary refined fructose consumption, and indicate that efforts to reduce refined fructose intake or inhibit fructose-mediated actions may disrupt cancer growth,” he said.

Americans, much more than people in most other industrialized nations, consume an incredible amount of fructose, mainly high fructose corn syrup, which is a mix of fructose and glucose used largely in sodas, bread and a host of other processed foods.

A recent study by the American Heart Association highlights the following:

  • Sugar-sweetened beverages may be linked to about 180,000 deaths in the world each year.
  • Countries in the Caribbean/Latin America had among the highest death rates from diabetes due to consumption of sugary beverages.
  • About 25,000 deaths in the United States each year may be associated with sugar-sweetened drinks.

The study goes on to read;

Sugar sweetened beverages are consumed throughout the world, and contribute to excess body weight, which increases the risk of developing diabetescardiovascular diseases and some cancers. Using data collected as part of the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study, the researchers linked intake of sugar sweetened beverages to 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 deaths from cardiovascular diseases and 6,000 cancer deaths. Seventy-eight percent of these deaths due to over-consuming sugary drinks were in low and middle-income countries, rather than high-income countries.

“In the U.S., our research shows that about 25,000 deaths in 2010 were linked to drinking sugar-sweetened beverages,” said Gitanjali M. Singh, Ph.D., co-author of the study and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Mass.

Researchers calculated the quantities of sugar-sweetened beverage intake around the world by age and sex; the effects of this consumption on obesity and diabetes; and the impact of obesity and diabetes-related deaths. Of nine world regions, Latin America/Caribbean had the most diabetes deaths (38,000) related to the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in 2010. East/Central Eurasia had the largest numbers of cardiovascular deaths (11,000) related to sugary beverage consumption in 2010. Among the world’s 15 most populous countries, Mexico — one of the countries with the highest per-capita consumption of sugary beverages in the world — had the highest death rate due to these beverages, with 318 deaths per million adults linked to sugar-sweetened beverage intake.

The study even found that Japan, which as a nation consumes less sugary beverages than any other, was indeed the healthiest in terms of deaths linked to sugary beverages.

The fact is many Americans are unaware that soda and other sugary drinks are unhealthy to them as they were brought up or raised with soda commercials pushing the propaganda any way they could. Now in 2013, some see this type rhetoric as a way to possibly limit and or tax beverage makers who choose to push unhealthy products. At least that’s what the study’s author Gitanjali Singh says.

Will the government soon jump in claiming that Americans health is now at risk adding some sort of tax as with cigarettes?

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