Sugary drinks= Heart attack?

As I was sipping on my Mountain Dew this afternoon I came across this gem of a story.  Needless to say, I’m ready to give up the Dew!

The news story is about the release of a new Harvard medical study.  Researchers followed more than 40,000 men over the course of 22 years and discovered that of those who drank one, 12-ounce sugary drink a day were 20 percent more likely to suffer from a heart attack.  Can you believe that?  No? Well get ready to have your mind blown!

Do you drink more than one sugary drink a day?  Maybe you sip on a 40-ouncer throughout the day?  Well, according to this study you have just increased your chances of a heart attack by 69 percent!

Dr. Lawrence de Koning of Harvard said to choose a healthy alternative, “Water, coffee and tea are probably the best choices, after that would be low-fat milk. It is not clear whether fruit juice is a good replacement. There is a lot of sugar in it but it does have added benefits such as vitamins and fiber.”

I did find a few healthy options to staying hydrated, especially when you’re all “watered out”!

Everyone has their own opinions, and of course the soda companies are combating Harvard’s claim but, I’ll tell you what, this made me think twice before cracking open a possible heart attack in a can.

Do you have any delicious, healthy alternatives to soda?  If so, let us know!

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3 Responses to “Sugary drinks= Heart attack?”

  1. March 29, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    Great info! I’ve always thought there wasn’t much value in overpriced carbonated drinks. The guys at the office won’t appreciate you bringing this to my attention because they will never hear the end of it ;- )

    • jade
      April 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

      Joe glad to hear we could be of use! Give them a good ear full it really could save their lives!


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