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HHS HealthBeat (August 27, 2014)

Sweet drink, bitter aftertaste

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

We do like our sodas – as well as fruit drinks and similar sugar-sweetened stuff. And it’s not just kids. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed survey data for 18 states in 2012. They found that about 1 in 4 adults had a sugar-sweetened drink at least once a day. People ages 18 to 34 were the most common fans – twice as likely as people ages 55 and older.

But CDC researcher Sohyun Park says there can be a bitter aftertaste to that sweet drink:

“It has been linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, kidney disease, and dental caries.”

She says plain water is healthier.

The study is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: August 27, 2014