Virginia Tech conducted a research regarding the health-compromising beverages that people loved to consume. What the researchers found was that cutting just one sugary drink daily can give you a noticeable overall health boost.
The research shows that extra calories which are coming from these highly sweetened drinks, poses a big risk factor for type 2 diabetes and obesity. Cutting just one drink daily, reduces the amount of calories ingested from added sugars. Therefore, you are making more room for other healthful drinks, such as water.
As per the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, sugary drinks should only consist of 10% or less calories daily. But, many people consume far more than this.
A researcher from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, stated that:
“They found out that among U.S. adults who consume one serving of sugar-sweetened beverages daily, replacing that drink with water lowered the percentage of calories coming from drinks from 11 to 17%. Even those individuals who consumed more sugary drinks daily could still benefit from water replacement. If they drop the amount of calories coming from beverages to less than 25% of their daily caloric intake.”
Also those individuals who drink a lot of sugary drinks, have a diet high in processed meat and sugar, both of which are not recommended in excess by dieticians. While those who consume lower-calorie drinks such as water, are more likely to consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy meats such as poultry and fish.
The research states that although diet drinks are much better than the drinks loaded with sugar, it should still be consumed with caution. In general, those who consume diet drinks,do have a much healthier overall diet as compared to those who consume soda regularly. But, their diets are still more often associated with a high sugar content and therefore not as healthy as those who drink more water.
In conclusion, the research which was published in the journal Nutrients, states that even replacing just one sugary beverage per day can really be of much help.