Are those energy-drinks, sodas, and fruity-waters earning the same reputation as tobacco and alcohol?

From the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Sonia Caprio reports on the research and development of the adverse effects of sugar-sweetend drink and food products. The research shows that sugar-sweetened beverages and high-fructose corn syrup have been linked to increased dietary complications among the obese and those at risk of obesity. Most sugar-sweetened beverages are marketed toward youth and adolescent populations and are not seen as important health and social issues for the national public. "Sugar intake from sugar-sweetened beverages alone, which are the largest single caloric food source in the United States, approaches 15% of the daily caloric intake in several population groups." The widespread availability of these products, along with social negligence of the harmful effects of high-fructose corn syrup and other sugar sweeteners has made the U.S. obesity epidemic much harder to control.

"...policy decisions about sugar-sweetened beverages should not be considered in isolation. Other strategies to achieve and maintain normal weight, including increasing physical activity, will be important to stem the obesity epidemic and its effects. The time has come to take action and strongly support and implement the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, the American Heart Association, the Obesity Society, and many other organizations to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in both children and adults."

For more details about the negative effects of sugar-sweetened products, read the report and findings, here.

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