By now, we should all know that soda has a lot of sugar and no real redeeming nutritional qualities; now a European study suggests that drinking just one 12-ounce soda per day could increase Type 2 diabetes risk. This study agrees with previous US-based studies, which also found that drinking soda could lead to a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Study data showed that people who drank one 12-ounce serving of sugar-sweetened soda daily were 18 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes over a multi-year period. The study also showed that an increase in consumption – more than 12-ounces of sugar-sweetened soda per day – increased the risk of contracting Type 2 diabetes.
It’s important to note that the study only found an association between drinking sugar-sweetened soda and Type 2 diabetes but did not prove that drinking soda causes Type 2 diabetes. There are other influencers that could impact the risk of Type 2 diabetes such as BMI, calorie intake, diet composition, and exercise/activity level.
The take home message: Limit soda for kids. It doesn’t mean that they can never have it, but rather that it shouldn’t be a consistent part of any child’s diet.