Soda’s New Threat
Sure, soda can rot your teeth and make you fat, but that’s not all. Sugary drinks may increase your risk of heart disease, especially if you’re a heavy guy, say scientists from the University of California at Davis. In the study, overweight people who drank a fructose-sweetened beverage with a meal saw their triglyceride levels spike three times as high over 24 hours than people who drank a glucose-sweetened beverage. Triglycerides are fats in your blood, and high levels are thought to boost heart-disease risk. Your liver converts fructose to trigly cerides, causing the spike, says study author Karen Teff PhD. Most fruit juices also contain fructose, so dilute apple juice with equal parts water.
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