Thursday, July 26, 2007

Ten reasons to drink water and not soft drinks

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In new results from the Framingham Heart Study I have found seven good reasons to stay away from soft drinks, and I add three more good reasons to drink water:

  1. Soft drinks increase the risk of metabolic syndrome by 44 percent.
  2. Soft drinks increase the risk of obesity by 33 percent.
  3. Soft drinks boost the risk of increased waist circumference by 30 percent.
  4. Soft drinks increase the risk of an impaired fasting blood sugar level by 25 percent.
  5. Soft drinks increase the risk of a higher blood pressure by 18 percent.
  6. Soft drinks increase the risk of a too high level of blood fats (triglycerides) by 25 percent.
  7. Soft drinks increase the risk of a too low level of the good HDL cholesterol by 32 percent.
  8. Water increases the burning of calories for a limited time: Read more about drinking water for weight loss.
  9. Water fills the stomach without adding calories: Read more about avoiding liquid calories.
  10. Water does not feed the bacteria that attack teeth and gums.
Some details of the Framingham Study: More than six thousand persons have been compared by their consumption of soft drinks. The risk differences are between persons consuming at least one soft drink per day versus less than daily consumption.

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