The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages such as soft fizzy drinks, appetising fruit juices, sporty energy drinks, vitamin tonics and refreshing iced tea has sky rocketed in recent years. If you just check the label you will see the horrifying number of spoons of added sugar.

On average a regular can of fizzy pick me up will have 8 to 10 spoons of added sugar, many of these drinks have a lot more than that. Just imagine the body having to cope with a bucket load of sugar dumped inside it at regular intervals throughout the day. Unlike eating the more complex carbohydrates contained in legumes and vegetables, very little digestion in the intestine is needed after it receives a shower of unadulterated sugar. This will simply end up pouring through the intestinal wall straight in the bloodstream.

After this rather rude bombardment the body will quite simply end up being totally overwhelmed. Many researchers in this field believe that the resulting metabolic congestion will eventually clog up the healthy protective nutritional pathways. The result is exactly what we are currently observing in many diverse populations who consume such high octane fuel on a regular basis. Weight gain and the risk of obesity are fairly well accepted as proven health problems associated with this practice. If the research presented here is replicated in larger more robust clinical trials we will soon be adding Type 2 Diabetes to that list.

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