Sugary Drinks Heighten Coronary Danger in Women

New research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found women drinking sweetened beverages may have a 35% higher risk of heart disease. For the study, experts evaluated data from nearly 89,000 women without heart problems, stroke or diabetes in 1980, using questionnaires to track dietary habits. After 24 years, researchers documented over 3,000 incidences of fatal and non-fatal coronary artery disease; via Food Navigator.

Warning labels have even been suggested for soda, due to probable weight-gain associated with over-consumption. Also, soda has been linked with the gout, a buildup of uric acid, causing arthritis or worse. However, a report this November revealed taking soft drinks out of schools, while good intentioned, doesn’t stop kids from getting their soda fix.

In the past, sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup have raised concern over mercury contamination and sugary drinks’ link to weight-gain and obesity is causing politicians to consider taxes on non-diet soft drinks, such as New York governor David Paterson.

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More of New York Banning Trans-Fat

This summer New York City put the clamps on trans-fat, banning it from the city and since then other parts of New York have followed suite. Suffolk County, Long Island banned trans-fat earlier this month, along with Nassau, Albany and Westchester counties. Local officials call it an important move that will help residents eat smarter and healthier. But not everyone is happy, a senator in New Jersey who proposed a ban last year actually received physical threats and hate mail; The New York Times reports.

Trans-fat is bad news! A recent study linked trans-fat to colon cancer and it has been associated with both heart disease and cancer. Trans-fat turns up in all sorts of food, like dried soups, frozen entrees, energy bars, doughnuts, cookies and much more, so make a note, don’t eat that crap.

Actually, New York has been pretty proactive with food lately, by requiring restaurants to post calories on menus and New York Governor David Paterson wants to put a tax on sugary beverages, like non-diet drinks and any fruit juice that is less than 70% juice.

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New York Governor's Obesity Tax

America’s got a big obesity problem, costing us more than $100 billion a year. And, despite reports that obesity is leveling off, New York Governor David Paterson has proposed a tax on sugary beverages, like soda. In a letter, Paterson says the tax would apply to non-diet drinks and fruit juices that contain less than 70% percent juice. He compares the obesity tax to the taxes imposed on cigarettes, claiming the health and financial benefits are undeniable; via CNN.