Previous research has shown that consuming foods and beverages with added caloric sweeteners is linked to an increased risk of weight gain, heart disease, diabetes and
stroke.
    
Currently, 68 percent of packaged foods and beverages in US contain caloric sweeteners, 74 percent include both caloric and low-calorie sweeteners, and just 5 percent are made with low-calorie sweeteners only.

After analysing nutritional datasets from around the world, the researchers, including Corinna Hawkes from the City University London in UK, found that trends in sales of sugar-sweetened beverages around the world are increasing in terms of calories sold per person per day and volume sold per person per day.
    
Due to the major health risks, particularly weight gain and increased risk of diabetes, hypertension and many cardiovascular problems associated with added caloric sweetener consumption, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is promoting major initiatives to reduce intake.
    
While the latest data show that many countries consume high levels of sugar-sweetened beverages, and other countries with lower intakes are seeing steep increases, the authors did
find that consumption seems to be decreasing in countries with taxes on such products (eg Mexico, Finland, Hungary and France).
    
The study was published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal.

 

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