Daily consumption of popular drink increases risk of visceral fat by 76% – study
We all have visceral fat in the body. Unlike subcutaneous fat, it is stored deep in the abdomen. This is because it protects and insulates the organs.
Although our body needs a certain amount, too much visceral fat has been shown to increase the risk of various conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Therefore, for your health, it is recommended to minimize the amount of visceral fat in the body.
One study found that what you drink may be responsible for how much visceral fat you have.
A study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that soft drink consumption is associated with an increase in waist circumference.
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In particular, a 100-calorie increase in soft drink consumption, including lemonade and cola, can increase your waistline by 1.1 centimeters.
As part of the study, researchers from Spain and Mexico analyzed data from more than 2,100 Spanish adults aged 25 to 74.
Their weight, height and waist circumference were measured in 2000 and questionnaires were used to record their diet and exercise habits.
The scientists then conducted an additional evaluation 10 years later.
“The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between consumption of non-alcoholic high-calorie drinks, including soft drinks, fruit juices, whole milk, skim and non-fat milk, and changes in waist circumference (WC) and the odds of a 10-year incidence of abdominal obesity,” the study explains. .
Those who drank soft drinks daily, compared with fruit juice and milk, had a larger waist.
It stated, “A 100 kcal increase in soft drink consumption was associated with a 1.1 cm increase in WC after 10 years of follow-up.
“Replacing 100 kcal of soft drinks with 100 kcal of whole milk or 100 kcal of juice resulted in a decrease in WC by 1.3 cm and 1.1 cm, respectively.
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“Increasing soft drink consumption from baseline to follow-up resulted in an increase in WC compared to no consumption.
“More soft drink consumption was positively associated with an increased likelihood of a 10-year incidence of abdominal obesity.”
It added: “In the present study, daily consumption of soft drinks increased the risk of abdominal obesity by 76 percent compared to not drinking them.
“In addition, replacing whole milk and juices with soft drinks significantly increased the incidence of abdominal obesity.”
The researchers suggested why soft drinks have such an effect on the body.
The study states: “Among non-alcoholic high-calorie drinks, soft drink consumption showed the most consistent association with abdominal obesity.
“Fructose, derived from sucrose and high fructose corn syrup, has been proposed to explain this association, although there is no conclusive evidence for an effect of fructose on weight gain and obesity risk.
“Beverage consumption is associated with energy intake and dietary quality, while soft drink consumption is associated with a less healthy lifestyle and higher calorie intake.
“In the present study, soft drink consumers generally exhibited an unfavorable lifestyle characterized by low adherence to the Mediterranean diet, low leisure time physical activity, and high prevalence of smoking. However, adjusting for these lifestyle variables had no measurable effect on our results.”
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