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Ditching just one fizzy drink can help obesity crisis

Ditching just one fizzy drink can help obesity crisis

Are you guilty of a daily fizzy drink pick me up? Well step away from that soda can, as new research suggests swapping one sugary drink for water can have amazing health benefits.

A team of experts from Virginia Tech University looked into how switching an 8-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage with an 8-ounce glass of water impacts calorie intake and overall health. Analysing data from the 2007-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES), which involved more than 19,000 American adults aged 19 and above, researchers developed what they call the Healthy Beverage Index (HBI) to see how certain drinks affect health.

The results have been published in journal Nutrients, with the team finding that making the sugary drink to water swap reduced the daily calorie intake from 17 to 11 per cent.

“Regardless of how many servings of sugar-sweetened beverages you consume, replacing even just one serving can be of benefit,” said co-author Kiyah J. Duffey.

“Even those who consumed more sugary drinks per day could still benefit from water replacement, dropping the amount of calories coming from beverages to less than 25 percent of their daily caloric intake.”

It was also found that a reduction in sugary drink consumption also led to an improvement in HBI scores, which in turn is shown to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.

Drinking calorie laden drinks is one of the contributing factors to the growing obesity problem, so reducing intake will help to slow the crisis down. In the U.S. it’s recommended that no more than 10 per cent of daily calories should come from added sugar, with the team at Virginia Tech University urging people to now try their one-for-one swap.

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