Though we all know soda is bad for us, a new study suggests it may be even more detrimental to our health than was ever thought before. People who have a three-soda-a-day habit may actually be putting their lives in great jeopardy. The high levels of concentrated sugar in each can add up to dangerous doses that have proven to lead to dire consequences on our health and life span.
Washington Post reports about a study, from University of Utah, where they tested the effects of various concentrations of sugar on lab mice. Scientists fed them the mouse equivalent of sugar equal to what it would be like if we drank three 12 ounce sodas each day. Lead author James S. Ruff adds, “That’s three sodas if the rest of your diet is pristine and sugar-free.”
What scientists found was that female mice on the sugary diet were twice as likely to die during the study; than compared to the mice on a regular diet with the same amount of calories. The male mice lifespan was not as effected as females, but they suffered reproductive consequences due to their sugar intake.
In this study, sugar made up about 25% of the diet fed to the mice. Scientists estimate that somewhere around one in four people take in that much sugar daily. In the past, researchers have used great quantities of sugar on lab animals to test the effects of the sweet stuff, but this new study provides a more accurate example of how even moderate sugar intake may be hurting our health.
Scientists believe the addition of high fructose corn syrup in a lot of food and beverage products has led to higher rates of sugar consumption since it allows for a more concentrated dose.
What do you think of the new study that shows moderate sugar consumption may lead to a shorter lifespan?
Does this information make you think twice about consuming sugary sodas and other snacks?