Popular Beverages Linked to Hundreds of Thousands of Premature Deaths Every Year

Something a simple as choosing a slightly different drink at lunch time can have a monumental impact on your health over your lifetime.

Scientists at Harvard University have presented research to the American Heart Association which places the blame on sugary drinks for the premature deaths of 180,000 people globally each year. 25,000 of those sugary drink related deaths are in the United States.

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According to the American Heart Association,

“Sugar-sweetened beverages are consumed throughout the world, and contribute to excess body weight, which increases the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular 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.”

Not only is drinking too many sugary drinks such as soda dangerous to your health, it’s also a potentially expensive undertaking. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes alone costs Americans over $245 billion a year. That is not counting the costs associated with cardiovascular diseases or cancer which are also caused by drinking too many sugary drinks over a long period of time.

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According to our previous research in an article we posted a few weeks ago, we found that:

“At least eighty percent of those with type 2 diabetes could have prevented it by eating healthy and exercising regularly.”

Now that we know the problem, what is the solution? First we have to break our addiction to sugary foods. A recent study from Connecticut College has found that sugary foods can be as addictive as heroin! Here are 10 straightforward steps to kicking a sugar addiction.

What to drink instead of soda?

Any real fruit drink like smoothies or raw juiced fruit will have natural sugar content which is much better for you than refined sugar. Coconut water is another great, healthy option. Unsweetened coffee and tea are good substitutes for Coca-Cola and Pepsi because they also contain caffeine. Here are 10 more creative ideas to replace sugary drinks with. And as always, use as many organic products when making your drinks as possible, because organic ingredients have higher antioxidant and lower pesticide levels.

See also: Scientists Reviewed 343 Studies to see if Organic Food is Better for you. Here’s what they Found Out

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3 September 2014 | 6:18 am – Source: livefreelivenatural.com

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