consume larger quantities of soft drinks with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
are at high risk of chronic bronchitis, indicates a new study published in the Nutrition
have established the link between obesity
, diabetes and heart disease with consumption of HFCS-sweetened soft drinks. This new study found that consumption of non-diet soft drinks
five times or more a week was associated with nearly twice the likelihood of having chronic bronchitis
‘Several studies have showed that obesity, diabetes and heart disease are associated with consumption of sweetened soft drinks. This new study finds that consumption of non-diet soft drinks puts people at high risk of developing chronic bronchitis.’
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(COPD) a type of obstructive lung disease is characterized by chronically poor
airflow. Globally, COPD affected around 329 million people in 2010. The disease
affects men and women almost equally.
COPD refers to
two lung diseases: emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema
is primarily caused by smoking. The
condition is characterized by a permanent enlargement of the airways and
destruction of the walls of the alveoli. Chronic bronchitis is caused by
overproduction and hypersecretion of mucus by goblet cells, which leads to
worsening of airflow obstruction, epithelial remodeling, and alteration of
airway surface tension, predisposing to collapse.
This new study
involved as many as 2801 US adults aged 55 to 64 years. The researchers used
data from the 2003-2006 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
The surveys are unique in that they combine physical examinations and dietary
intake. Data of chronic bronchitis status was available for adults, aged 20
years and older.
New York Medical College conclude that underlying fructose malabsorption and fructose reactivity in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract may contribute to chronic bronchitis, through the
formation of enFruAGEs. However, more research is needed to establish and
clarify the mechanisms involved.
Soft Drinks with High Fructose Corn Syrup
A recent study
by the Childhood Obesity Research Center at the Keck School of Medicine of the
University of Southern California found that hugely popular soft drinks hold
more fructose than most people know.
A research team
led by Michael Goran, the drinks - as sold on the streets - contain 50 percent
more fructose than glucose. The ratio, it shows, is 60:40 and not 50:50 as it
is in regular sugar.
There are high
fructose levels in fruit juices as well as sodas. We should eat fruit - not
drink it, Goran says.
Five Healthy Beverage Choices
Now we are well
aware of the fact that consumption of HFCS is linked to obesity
heart disease and chronic bronchitis. According to the American Journal of
, at present, beverages such as soft drinks and fruit juices are the primary sources of HFCS. So, read ingredient labels before drinking bottled beverages to avoid high fructose corn syrup.
Below are some
alternative beverage choices that can improve your health and satisfy thirst.
can make a great alternative to fruit
juice. Green tea
gives an array of potential health benefits including the prevention of obesity and cancer.
should be taken in moderation since they have high concentrations of sugar.
Apple juice rarely contains high fructose corn syrup. Now, many brands offer
100 percent juice varieties. Dilutie100 percent fruit juices with water to
reduce the level of natural sugars.
Water may seem
an obvious alternative, but surprisingly, most people do not drink nearly
enough water. Water should supply the majority of your hydration
dehydration is a concern among many people and is connected to multiple chronic
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