A new study bu the UK and US researchers found that blood pressure is increased by every extra sugar-sweetened drink that is consumed per day.
Drinking just one sugar - laden drink a day may result in high blood pressure.
Harvard researchers found that women who drank one or more sugar-sweetened soft drinks per day were 83 % more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women who drank less than one a month.
The Harvard School of Public Health offers these ideas for low and no-sugar drinks:
- Infused water: You can easily buy flavoured water, but it's just as simple to make your own by adding citrus fruits, ginger or fresh mint to a jug of water.
- Herbal or Green Tea, hot or cold, tea is an excellent sugar-free beverage. Try fruit-flavoured herbal teas, or teas with cinnamon or other spices such as ginger.
- Sparkling juice: Make your own with 350ml of sparkling water and 40ml of juice. For a flavour boost, add sliced citrus or fresh herbs.
- Fresh fruit coolers: Smoothies are marketed as "health" foods, but they're loaded with sugar. Instead, make a refreshing fresh fruit cooler, blend ice, sparkling water and melon or berries until slushy. Garnish with mint or citrus slices.
- Low-sodium broth: There's no rule that says we must satisfy our thirst with something sweet. A low-sodium variety of miso soup can be a satisfying way to give your body the fluid it needs.
If you are aware of any health problem which may compromise your general health, it is important to seek treatment. A Health and Wellness Counselor may help you, to bring you back in balance and to good health through healthy eating and living, especially a proper diet suited for your condition and the use of natural remedies, herbs and supplements.
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist and Health & Wellness Coach.
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