By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, April 26, 2013
According to a new study published on Wednesday, drinking as little as one can of sugary soft drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of diabetes later in life.
Using data from 350,000 people in eight European countries, researchers found that consuming one can a day of sugar-sweetened drinks raises the relative risk of diabetes by about one-fifth, compared with one can a month or less.
“The consumption of sugar sweetened soft drinks increases your risk of diabetes—so for every can of soft drinks that you drink per day, the risk is higher,” lead researcher Dora Romaguera from Imperial College London told BBC News.
According to Reuters, the findings of this study mirror previous findings conducted in the US, where several studies showed that intake of sugar-sweetened drinks is strongly linked with higher body weight and conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
The Moroccan Federation of Consumer Rights (FMDC) also rang the alarm bell on soft drinks. In a communiqué published last Ramadan, the federation encouraged Moroccans to reduce their sugar consumption, especially that of soft drinks.