Soft drinks shown again to increase your child’s risk of heart disease

Soft drinks shown again to increase your child’s risk of heart disease

Your gut instinct to keep your kids off all fizzy, soft, cola, soda or energy drinks is absolutely on the money.  They are toxic rubbish and have again shown to raise the risk of heart disease.  Researchers at the University of Sydney studied around 2,000 12-year-old children and found that those who drank one or more soft drinks each day had narrower arteries in the back part of the eye.  This is one of many signs of pre-heart disease and hypertension (high blood pressure).


Institute spokesman Bamini Gopinath commented to the ABC in Australia “Children with a high consumption of soft drinks and carbohydrates had a more adverse microvascular profile compared to those who did not drink so many soft drinks or eat so many [refined] carbs.  This is just another piece of evidence to show that fizzy drinks really aren’t that good for our children.  More studies like this would build a strong evidence base to perhaps bring about change in policy and practice and in the way foods are products are marketed or advertised to our children.”


Soft drinks are rubbish – allow them as special treats only

This research backs up what was shown in a 2007 Boston University School of Medicine study; that people who drank these types of drinks daily were more likely to have signs of pre-heart disease.  Lead author Ramachandran Vasan told the WebMD website that “Even one soda per day increases your risk of developing metabolic syndrome by about 50%”.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and WebMD Health News reported this study by researchers at the University of Sydney on April 4, 2012.

Posted: Wednesday 11 April 2012