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Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 death worldwide.

A Harvard study reports.


A recent study by Harvard researchers has linked the sugary drinks to 180,000 deaths a year worldwide, 25,000 in the United States alone. Nevertheless, the American Beverage Association criticized this study calling it “sensational”. Is this sensational or concealed truth? You decide, we report.

Surprisingly, this news comes closer to the Supreme Court quashing on New York mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large-sized sugar-sweetened beverages. According to the data released by the Mayor Bloomberg’s office, 9 out of the top 10 neighborhoods which had highest sugary-drink consumers had the highest obesity rates.

Center for Science in the Public Interest says that “sugary drinks are the single biggest source of calories in the American diet, providing more than 7 percent of daily calories on average.” According to statistics, both consumption of sugary beverages as well as obesity rate has doubled since the 1970s. Kelly Brownell, a professor of psychology and epidemiology at the department of health at Yale University says that liquid calories are not registered in our brain like other food calories and it is very obvious that bigger sodas mean bigger calorie-intake.

Michael Jacobson, Executive director of Center for Science in the Public Interest supports the ban saying this is an initiative for modest soda consumption and to keep down the obesity rate. However, David Just, a professor of behavioral economics at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., feels people may substitute sodas with other sugary items or may continue to drink sodas as usual even if is banned.

Meanwhile Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant states that government cannot regulate citizens dietary decisions.

While this research and debate is still hot, it is alluding to the fact that sugary beverages are calorie-loaded and are linked to obesity and obesity related diseases and deaths. So, why not be on the safer side, just cut down sugary-drinks and shed a few pounds?

Watch the informational Video: Expert opinion on Harvard research: Good habits start young!

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