BSc (Hons), Dip ION, mBANT

Sweetened soft drinks influence your taste buds and promote weight gain.

Fizzy drinks are part of the daily diet for many people. Average annual American consumption is over 200 litres per person, or nearly twelve 330ml cans per week. A recent study at Bangor University found that consuming two sweet drinks a day for four weeks altered the body’s perception and preference for sugar, laying the groundwork for potentially poor dietary habits to satisfy the resulting sweet tooth. The authors also caution about intake of fruit juice, noting it is much higher in sugar than people realise and should not be included in the “five a day”. Consuming fruit juice regularly can certainly contribute to blood sugar imbalance; instead opt for a piece of fruit with a few nuts or plain yoghurt. This will slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream and help alleviate the energy highs and lows associated with sugar intake.