We've all heard that type 2 diabetes is on the rise, and that one of the suspected reasons is the number of sweetened drinks we consume these days. But how many is too many, and would it do any good to cut back?
A new British study offers a tantalizing clue, although it's a bit of a "soft" study because it relies only on self-reports of dietary consumption. The study asked over 25,000 British adults about their consumption of sweetened and unsweetened drinks of all kinds, and then tracked their development of type 2 diabetes over 11 years. After adjusting for obesity, and the results showed that reducing consumption of sweetened drinks to less than 2% of total caloric intake could reduce the incidence of diabetes by 15%.
That's fine, but I certainly wouldn't know what 2% of my total caloric intake per day is, in terms of number of sweetened drinks. So how about this? Substituting just one serving/day of water or unsweetened tea/coffee for a sweetened drink was associated with a 14-25% reduction in the incidence of diabetes. Just one serving.
It's something to think about.