For years, sugary foods have been considered as the major cause for diabetes risk. This is believed by both commons as well as a number of physicians across the globe, who recommend reducing the consumption of the same to minimize the risk of diabetes. According to a recently-published study, however, this might not be completely true. The study says that consumption of sugared sodas is likely to increase the chances of one getting diabetes when compared to that of sugary foods. It means that those who are trying not to get diabetes will have to minimize the Coke consumption.
The study was the combined effort of researchers from Toronto University of Canada and St. Michael’s Hospital at the same place. Published in the British Medical Journal, the study explores the impact of sugary foods and sugared beverages on the levels of glucose in blood. Apart from the examination of previous set of studies done on the topic, the research team had considered a number of people who had and did not have diabetes. It was found that naturally-occurring sugars like fructose don’t have a huge impact on the blood sugar levels.
On the other hand, the issue was mainly caused by sweetened drinks, including sodas, where added sugars can be found. These drinks were found to impact the blood sugar levels to an extent that they can cause a lot of issues of diabetes. The research also notes that the lack of nutrients in such drinks can cause further issues to health. “These findings might help guide recommendations on important food sources of fructose in the prevention and management of diabetes,” the lead author of the paper was quoted saying. The team has admitted that there are shortcomings to the study such as the short follow-up time but says that they’d continue the efforts.