Consuming too much soda can negatively affect your health. In fact, it can increase the risk of diabetes more than other sugars, according to a new report.
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Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and Toronto University in Canada recently conducted a study published in the British Medical Journal to determine how different sugars affect blood glucose levels.
For this purpose, they have done 155 previous research on the topic. Assessments assess people with and without diabetes for up to 12 weeks.
After analyzing the results, they found that most foods that naturally contain fructose sugars, such as vegetables, fruits, and natural fruit juice, do not affect blood glucose levels. However, foods with added glucose, such as soft drinks, breakfast cereals, baked goods and sweets, have a detrimental effect.
The team said that foods that add excess "low nutritional value" to food, especially sweetened beverages, can be particularly harmful.
"These findings can help make recommendations for important dietary sources of fructose in the prevention and treatment of diabetes," says lead author John Cowenpiper in a statement. "But the level of evidence is low and higher quality research is needed."
Analysts acknowledge some limitations, including small sample sizes, short tracking times and a limited variety of foods. However, they note that their study is thorough and thorough.
Scientists are now hoping to continue their investigations and call on more healthcare providers to "realize that the harmful effects of fructose sugars on blood sugar appear to be mediated by energy and the source of food."
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