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Sodas and Other Sugary Drinks Cause Americans Tobe Sicker and Die Younger

Updated on November 18, 2016
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Robert Morgan "Bobby" is a Holistic Practioner, Master Herbalist, Iridologist, Colonic Therapist, Author and International Lecturer.

Study after study has shown sugary drinks, especially those with high fructose corn syrup, promote disease and are true killers.
Study after study has shown sugary drinks, especially those with high fructose corn syrup, promote disease and are true killers. | Source

Do You Currently Drink Sugary Drinks?

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Sodas and Sugary Drinks Are Killers, Whether You're Over, Or Under Weight

In a new study just released, Cambridge University, researchers, have confirmed what most Naturopaths, holistic practitioners and alternative medical doctors have been sounding warning alarms about for the last fifty years. Drinking soda's and sugary drinks on a regular basis raise a person's chances of developing type 2 diabetes and many other sicknesses and diseases, as well as bringing on an early death.

The researchers reviewed 17 studies that covered more than a quarter million adults without diabetes, in the US and England. The data they garnered from the studies published on Ovid, PubMed, Web of Knowledge and Embase. The researchers have confirmed that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and type 2 diabetes are linked, without the weight of the person being a factor, in the onset of the disease.

The compilation of their findings confirmed, even drinking one sugary drink each day, for ten years, will increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In fact, your chances of developing the disease range from 13% - 18%, depending on your weight, with those being overweight, more likely to be in the 18% range.

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Every Doctor All Ready Knows Sugary Drinks Are Killers

A recent study coming out of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science, at Tufts University in Boston, estimates 184,000 people die each year, from health problems related to consuming soda's and others sugary drinks. Study after study has shown sodas and other sugary drinks, especially those with high fructose corn syrup, promote disease and are cause deaths, real killers, known to:

  • Bring on type 2 diabetes
  • Exacerbate cardiac abnormalities
  • Exacerbate pancreatic cancer growth
  • Accelerate the progression of chronic kidney disease
  • Raise blood pressure
  • Promote metastasis in breast cancer patients
  • Exacerbate non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Increases in uric acid levels bring on metabolic disorders
  • Narrowing and hardening of the arteries in your skull
  • Calcification of the pineal gland
  • White blood cell count increased
  • Causes obesity and many other related health problems
  • 184,000 death a year are caused by drinking sodas and sugary drinks

The average can of soda contains 39g of sugar.  Around the world the average person consumes  sugary drink every 4 days. Sugary drinks are directly linked to osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.
The average can of soda contains 39g of sugar. Around the world the average person consumes sugary drink every 4 days. Sugary drinks are directly linked to osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. | Source

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Eliminating Sugary Drinks Will Assist In Decreasing Disease, Sickness, And Even Slow The Aging Process!

As a Naturopath and Holistic Practioner, one of the first thing I talk to my client about is how much sugar they are consuming. I know when they eliminate sodas and sugary drinks as well as all foods containing processed sugars from their diets, they will have what many of them consider to be miraculous healing. Most of them will experience healing's, incredibility quick, while others with more severe diseases, may take somewhat longer.

Some of the benefits, I have personally witnessed have been:

  • No more or fewer headaches
  • More energy
  • Healthy weight loss
  • Better concentration
  • Higher level of attention to details
  • Improved memory
  • Less irritability
  • Feelings of peace and general happiness
  • Increased ability to handle life's ups and downs
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Clearer complexion
  • Reduced risk of sinusitis
  • Reduced risk of allergies
  • Reduced risk of colds
  • Reduced risk of flu's
  • Reduced risk of candida and all yeast related infections
  • Reduced risk of UTI's
  • Reduced risk of certain cancers
  • Reduced risk of diabetes
  • Reduced risk of kidney failure
  • Reduced risk of liver failure
  • Reduced risk of heart failure
  • Improved immune system

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Healthy Drinks With Natural Sugars Are Good For You

My favorite naturally healthy happy drinks are flavored waters. Not the ones you buy at the store, I'm talking about the ones you make at home.
All you have to do is, slice up or crush some of your favorite fruits, berries, and even veggies. Think strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, lemons, limes, oranges, watermelon, cucumber, mint, just about any fruit, berry or vegetable that suits your fancy.
Put them in a big pitcher of clean water (spring or distilled), let them sit overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning, strain out the pulp (use it in your morning smoothie) and pour your drink into a large glass, or thermos and enjoy it throughout the day.
Start juicing and making smoothies. If you need recipes, I have hundreds of them. Just let me know in the comment section and I will send you some for free. That's right no charge.

Sweeter Than Sugar
Sweeter Than Sugar | Source
Wonderful Natural Sweetener - Actually It's Not A Fruit, It's A Gourd
Wonderful Natural Sweetener - Actually It's Not A Fruit, It's A Gourd | Source
Blackstrap Molasses Are Loaded With Iron And Minerals
Blackstrap Molasses Are Loaded With Iron And Minerals | Source
Don't listen to Dr. Mercola and other misinformed nay-sayers. This sweetener is absolutely safe and amazingly delicious.
Don't listen to Dr. Mercola and other misinformed nay-sayers. This sweetener is absolutely safe and amazingly delicious. | Source

How To Beat The Sugar Blues With Healthy Sweeteners

Most of us have a natural affinity for sweet tasting drinks, and foods. The good news is you don't have to suffer. You can sweeten all of your drinks and desserts with one of these healthy alternative sweeteners and not feel guilty or suffer the devastating consequences associated with eating sugar. Try each of these amazing sweeteners out and find the one that tastes just right to you.

  1. My first choice for healthiest sweeteners would be stevia. It has it's upsides and downsides. The upside is; it registers less than one on the glycemic index, which means it does not have the disease-promoting properties associated with sugar. The downside in my opinion is it's too sweet, sometimes being 300 times sweeter than sugar. I find it works best in citrus-based drinks, but many of my friends use it in all their drinks and desserts.
  2. Monk fruit is also one of my favorites, it's not actually a fruit, but a gourd. It's an all around great tasting sweetener, for drinks and desserts. The powder sold on Amazon has an extraordinarily low glycemic index, zero calories and is about 150 -200 times sweeter than sugar.
  3. Organic Blackstrap Molasses is a great sweetener with many health benefits. Using organic molasses as a sweetener in your drinks, especially your smoothies can protect you from anemia. As the molasses are rich in iron and have substantial amounts of calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. On top of these benefits, molasses reduces acidity and is actually alkalizing to the body.
  4. The hands-down winner for the best sweetener, in my opinion, is Erythritol. Naturally found in small amounts in grapes, melons, and fermented foods. This sweetener has the closest taste to sugar, being about 70% as sweet. You will not miss sugary drinks and desserts, once you begin to sweeten them with erythritol. Don't believe the rumored side effects. They just don't exist or cannot be applied to Erythritol. It's sugar alcohol cousins, especially Xylitol has some terrible side effects, but don't let Mercola confuse you, Erythritol rocks!

The Author

Robert C Morgan - Bobby is the past Health Education Director at CHI. He is a certified Naturopath and Holistic Practioner, dedicated to continuing to carry out the work and vision of Dr. Ann Wigmore and all of the souls who have dedicated their lives to love, peace and natural health.

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 23 months ago from Oklahoma

      I feel way better when I cut out the soda. Though sugary drinks are bad for you, I find the carbonated drinks to be far worse.

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      Elsie Hagley 23 months ago from New Zealand

      Excellent summary about sugary drinks. I only drink water, tea and my small glass of red wine every night with my tea.

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Thanks for stopping by. and I'm glad the summary met your expectations

      Have a blessed day....

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm happy to report I no longer drink sugary drinks....it's probably been a decade since I did....and there is no doubt I feel better. 66 and going strong. :) Great information!

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Thanks, Bill, it took a bout with cancer to open my eyes to really walking my talk. I'm 65, come the first of December. Still struggling with the residuals of cancer, but doing well. Best to you.

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      Brandon 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Great Hub good info

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Thanks Brandon. Have a blessed day.

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      LongTimeMother 23 months ago from Australia

      Stevia is my favourite sweetener. Because I grow my own, I know it is organic and can use it with confidence. :)

      Voted up ++

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      You are awesome. I use to grow it at the institute but since semi-retiring in Florida, I have become lazy and buy it already prepared. I love that you love yourself enough to make sure that you always get what's best for you and your family. Good to hear from you. No snakes lately? None here, but we did have 1000's of Sea Hares, washing up on our beach. They are amazing creatures. Blessings to you and your family/

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      How do I do vote ups???? I feel silly asking. I have so many of my new friends who really have wonderful hubs. I really want to vote them up. Thanks for your kindness.

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      LongTimeMother 23 months ago from Australia

      My husband's brain tumour was all the incentive I needed to make dramatic changes to our lives and lifestyle choices. I keep saying I've been growing medicinal herbs etc for over 10 years, but those years have passed faster than I realised. It is very close to 20 years since we were told we were likely to lose him within five. It is more than 10 years since we gave up city life and actively began moving off the grid, and probably 8 years since our last power bill.

      lol. No snakes in recent times. Too cold and frosty. Spring isn't far away though.

      Never seen a Sea Hare. In fact I've never even heard of a Sea Hare. Sounds like a drowned rabbit ...

      To answer your last question, simply look for the thin blue line at the bottom of each hub's text.

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Thank you so much. You are a wonderful blessing. As a Naturopath, I have a Masters in herbology. Here in the states we are called Master Herbalist. It sounds like you have so much real life experience, and, believe me, that is what counts when, as us Yanks say, "the rubber meets the road". Sending blessings to you and your family Thanks again. Almost forgot its winter down under.

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      LongTimeMother 23 months ago from Australia

      lol. Now that I realise it is 20 years of seriously approaching the herbs that in my youth were just my hobby, perhaps it is time I considered getting some qualifications. But I have to admit I enjoy just being that 'slightly eccentric' woman with the magical gardens. :)

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      CreatePerfection 23 months ago from Beautiful Colorado

      rawspirit, I really appreciate this article. I read a lot about health because my two older sisters both died at a very young age. I read an article about sugar a while back that showed the findings of a 4 year study. The study was on addictive substances. The conclusion was that sugar is the most addictive substance there is and causes all the things you list as well.

      Blessings,

      Lela

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      Robert Morgan 23 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi Lela, first I am sorry for the loss of your sisters and second I am glad you are here with us today. Sugar is so tempting until you have an understanding of the long-term damage it does to our bodies. I'm glad you have benefited from the article. I look forward to reading more of your writings. Have a great Sunday. Blessings, to you and your family. Bobby

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      RTalloni 22 months ago from the short journey

      Our children's pediatrician had an object lesson in his office much like the glass of sugar in your photo, and he warned us about the dangers of aspartame. We enjoy sweet leaf in teas, but that's about it. We've recently enjoyed learning about and using monk fruit. Thanks for the introduction to Erythritol. I'll enjoy reading more about it. Will check to see if you have a hub on this sweetener.

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      Catherine Giordano 22 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Good information. I gave up sodas long ago. If I want soda I use about 1 oz of juice and fill the glass with club soda. You didn't mention anything about juice. I drink about 4 oz a day of orange juice.

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      Robert Morgan 22 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Thank you for taking time, to read this hub. Sugar has so many downsides to it and yet it's sold without any kind of warnings. I'm glad you reminded me to write more on Erythritol, as I think it really can help in transitioning those with sugar addictions to a more healthy and vibrant lifestyle. Blessings

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      Robert Morgan 22 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Good morning, Catherine, thank you for reading the hub. I believe that you are on the right track. You have eliminated sugary drink from your diet and adding an ounce of juice of any juice to club soda is a great way to enjoy the juice and dilute the sugar effects which are inherent in drinking fruit juices. By the way thanks for your great hubs, you are a wonderful writer. Blessings, Bobby

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      Catherine Giordano 22 months ago from Orlando Florida

      Thank you the rawspirit. So nice to know I have a fan.

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      Robert Morgan 22 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Catherine, you are able to stand your ground and elicit some great discussions. You provoke people who have based their faith on what they consider to be the "word of God", to check, the facts and provide a good defense of their beliefs. So, yes I am a BIG fan of your writing, because you do the research, correct your errors and keep the dialogue going, even when some have made unchristian, type personal attacks on you. I do hope a Christian historian or theologian will come to the Christians defense and challenge you head on. Right now it seems those who comment go off on tangents and do not address ALL the points you have written about in the hub. Keep up the great work and always bear in mind at least you have comments on your Hubs, lol. I have two of your Hubs on my reading list for this evening. Wishing you and your loved ones the very best. Bobby

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      Mary Hyatt 22 months ago from Florida

      I don't drink cokes or other sugary drinks, BUT I have to have my sweet tea made with real sugar. I drink about 8 oz. a day.

      Very informative and interesting article!

      Voted UP, etc.

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      Robert Morgan 22 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Hi Mary, thanks for taking the time to read this hub. If you get a chance, check out Erythritol. It's safe, and I can almost bet you will not be able to tell the difference between it and sugar. Second thought maybe not, you are a real southern lady, and I have yet to meet one who will give up her sweet tea, lol. Stay happy and healthy and that's all any of us could ever ask for. Blessings, to you and your loved ones. Bobby

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      Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Fantastic post and I will share it. I only use honey if I feel a need something sweet. I never drink anything that has sugar or any sweetener in it. The only reason we need to buy sugar is for the two people who work for us on a Monday. Many times have I told them how bad it is for them to use three to four spoons in their coffee or tea, but they still do. They are both from Malawi. The depopulation in Africa started with getting African people addicted to SUGAR!

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      Robert Morgan 22 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Thanks, Nadine, you are so right about the dangers of processed sugar. I feel every country should put health warnings on every product, containing sugar. I appreciate your stopping by and taking the time to read this hub. Here in the states they hide the sugar content by giving the sugar a name that most people will not recognize. Be extra aware of the product with high fructose and corn syrups as they have devastating effects on the liver. Sending blessings to your and your loved ones. Bobby

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      CrisSp 21 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I'm not in a habit of drinking soda but there are times, I'd crave for some fizzy drinks. So, I'd go for club soda or sparkling water instead. Is that even counted? :)

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      Robert Morgan 21 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Great job... Soda water is free. Blessings.

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