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Sweeteners in Processed Foods & Beverages Raise Blood Lipid Levels

Tuesday, May 04, 2010
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Seema texted Sandeep, "I dont evn hav time to breath tday so pls stop by the Stop n Shop mkt n pik up 2 typs of frzn pzza, 1 head lettce, 1 btle of Rusian salid dresng, n 4 dessert 1- 16 oz can of peechs n a small tub of nilla ic crem."

Sandeep texted back "Arnt we runng lo on yor fav ornge sodaz?"

How much sugar did this young couple consume that evening?
Perhaps its time to pause and think of what we eat and drink before we mindlessly choose the easiest way out.

Dietary carbohydrates have long been associated with dyslipidemia, a lipid profile known to increase cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. This study reinforces previous results that reducing the amount of added sugars one consumes is probably the easiest modifiable risk factor there is for CVD

The study was conducted between 1999-2006 and was a cross-sectional study of approximately 6113 adults who were grouped by their intake of added sugars. The study was conducted by the Nutrition and Health Science Program, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences - Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

The mean results were found to be that for most participants 15.8% of their consumed calories came from added sugars



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23 June, 2010 | Poonam Vaswani | Reply

Poonam Vaswani Hello Rohini,
Hello Rohini,
Indian snacks and savouries which have a slightly sweet and spicy flavour do have added sugar.
This study focussed only on caloric sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners were not included.

22 May, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Dear Sudha
As we all know the growing years are the years when children ape or copy cat adults so it’s definitely understandable of how your son has gotten used to drinking cola. Your son being only 7 yrs of age should have his dinner way before the adults come to the dining table, so you can discipline him as he will be all by himself. Give him fresh fruit juices initially, adding a little coke or cola in front of him and preferably after the meal. This will not only reduce his intake of empty calories which are eating into his appetite but also wean him off coke from during meals. Combine it with
1) Showing him graphic details of the ill effects of soda/coke, available plentifully on the internet, as he is too young to understand the written word or
2) Make up a nice bedtime story where a hero`s health is badly affected as he was given to drinking plenty of coke in his childhood days, so that the message goes home.
For your consumption I am sending a link on an article on our web site on the ill effects of all types of soda per se not only coke,247.aspx
Thank You
Ms Vijayalakshmi Iyengar
Sr Dietitian:

06 May, 2010 | Janki Patel | Reply

Janki Patel Hello Sudha,
Nutritonvista appriciates your awareness. You may explain your son about the adverse effects of colas in simpler style.
You can encourage him to take fresh fruit juice and for his satiasfaction, add little soda to give him the feel.Like fresh lime or other fruit. Later he might develop taste for fruit juices and quit soda.It will be time taking effort but worth trying.

05 May, 2010 | Sudha, Hyderabad | Reply

Sudha, Hyderabad My 7 year old son refuses to have dinner without Coke. Its a big problem in our house as my Father in law also loves them. and I dont know what to do about it. I also dont want to give him Diet coke.

How do I wean him off these sodas.
He got into this habit because his school friends drink colas too.
Any sugg, I have tried quit a few things. None worked.

03 May, 2010 | Rohini, Washington D.C. | Reply

Rohini, Washington D.C. Hi, Had a quick question-
Do some processed foods also have added sugars even if they are spicy/ salty Indian pkgd foods.

Also, diet colas are sugar free, but they add artificial sweeteners. What about those. Are those excluded from this study.

13 September, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Hi Rohini
Yes all processed foods have both sugar and salt added to make the taste more universal. Additionally they also have additives like -preservatives , colours, flavors , binders, thickeners etc which also make them hazardous. So its best to avoid them as much as possible.

Diet colas etc do not have sugar for sweetness but artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and others which have their own side effects.So nothing like home cooked healthy food with natural ingredients including organic.

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