Health Dangers for Men Caused by Sugar Sweetened Drinks

NJ Nutritionist Joy Allison, owner and creator of FOODFIT, warns of the dangers for men who consume at least 12 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages every day. According to research published in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal, men who drink sugary beverages every day increase their chances of heart disease by 20%.

Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, has several risk factors including obesity, smoking, lack of physical activity, diabetes and poor diet. Of the 42,883 men studied, risk for heart disease stayed high in those drinking sugary beverages even after cutting out other major risk factors. Those who consumed sweetened beverages had higher triglyceride and CRP and lower HDL levels.

To fight the chances of heart disease, the American Heart Association and NJ nutritionist Joy Allison recommend switching to naturally flavored water or unsweetened iced tea. Solliday warns against consuming more than 150 calories per week from sugar-sweetened beverages and no more than 100 calories per week for most women. Infrequent consumption of sweetened drinks, such as two times per week or less, was not found to increase the chance of heart disease in men.

Dieters who follow a weight loss plan like FOODFIT don’t have to give up all of their favorite drinks. Joy’s weight loss program suggests using all natural sweeteners like agave or a hint of lemon to add flavor to beverages like unsweetened iced tea.

FOODFIT is a comprehensive weight loss plan in NJ that helps clients lose weight through a multi-platform program combining exercise, diet, and lifestyle coaching.