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Drinking Sugary Beverages Isn’t So Sweet

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They cause obesity and diabetes

African-American men are large daily consumers of sugar-sweetened beverages, including juices and soft drinks that cause obesity, diabetes and heart disease, according to a report published by Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The report, titled “Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption among Adults — 18 States, 2012,” surveyed 115,291 adults.

It found that 20.9% of African Americans drank one or more soft drinks a day and 21.9% drank one or more fruit drinks per day.

Daily consumption of sugary sodas and soft drinks was also most common among men 18 to 34 years old.

Residents of Mississippi and Tennessee drank the most sugar-sweetened drinks.

The report recommended more healthful options, including water, unsweetened tea and fat-free milk.

(It should be noted that perhaps as many as 75% of African Americans are lactose intolerant and cannot digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products.)

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report is published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

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