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Consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, artificially sweetened beverages, and fruit juice and incidence of type 2 diabetes:

21 July 2015

The objective of the study was to study the link between the consumption of sugars-sweetened beverages and the incidence of type 2 diabetes in the United States and the United Kingdom. The study also looked at the potential link between the incidence of type 2 diabetes and the consumption of artificially-sweetened beverages and fruit juice. They were all adjusted for adiposity – in other words, the researchers took account of each patient’s obesity status.

The study found that consumption of sugars-sweetened beverages was associated with a higher incidence of type 2 diabetes. It also found that artificially sweetened drinks and fruit juices also showed a positive association with type 2 diabetes; however the evidence was not as strong.

Nevertheless, the authors have recommended that both artificially sweetened drinks and fruit juice stop being thought of as suitable alternatives to sugars-sweetened drinks. For a long time, artificially sweetened beverages and fruit juices have been considered ‘healthier’ options to sugars-sweetened beverages, however there is little evidence to suggest that they are beneficial. Therefore, the researchers have concluded that these drinks are unlikely to be healthy alternatives.

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