Taking too much soda can have a negative impact on your health. In fact, it can increase the risk of diabetes more than other sweets, according to a new report.
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Researchers from St. Hospital Michael and the University of Toronto in Canada recently conducted a study, published in the British Medical Journal, to determine how different sugary foods affect blood glucose levels.
To do so, they examined 155 previous studies on the topic. Assessment assesses people with and without diabetes for up to 12 weeks.
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After analyzing the results, they found that most foods that naturally contain fructose sugar, such as vegetables, fruits and natural fruit juices, did not affect blood glucose levels. However, foods with added glucose, such as soft drinks, breakfast cereals, bread, and sweets, do have harmful effects.
The team said foods that add excessive "nutrient-poor" energy to the diet, especially sweet drinks, might be very damaging.
"These findings might help guide recommendations on important fructose food sources in the prevention and management of diabetes," lead author John Sievenpiper said in a statement. "But the level of evidence is low and more high-quality studies are needed."
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Analysts do recognize some limitations, including small sample sizes, short follow-up periods and limited types of food. However, they noted their research was very deep and thorough.
Scientists now hope to continue their investigation and urge more health care providers "to realize that the harmful effects of fructose sugar on blood glucose appear to be mediated by energy and food sources."