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You can’t outrun the health risks of cola drinks

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You can’t run off a sugar-laden cola drink.

People who think they can ‘exercise out’ the effects of sugary drinks are just kidding themselves, say researchers.

Drinking two or more cola drinks a week raises your risk of heart disease—irrespective of the amount of exercise you do.  

Exercise can offset some of the harm being caused by colas, especially if you are exercising for more than 150 minutes a week, but the risk doesn’t entirely go away, researchers from University Laval in Quebec have discovered.

They tracked the health and drinking habits of around 100,000 people for 30 years and discovered that the most active halved the risk of heart disease that’s caused by the drinks.  The risk increases if people were drinking a cola every day, which included soft and carbonated drinks, lemonade and fruit cocktails.

“The marketing strategies for these drinks often show active people drinking these beverages, and suggests that sugary drinks have no negative effects on health if you’re physically active,” said Jean-Philippe Drouin-Chartier, one of the researchers.

So just drink water.

References
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2024; doi: 10.1016/j.ajcnut.2024.01.001
Article Topics: heart disease, Sugary drinks
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