Rethink Your Drink

How crazy is this? You might want to rethink your drink after reading this!

Initial signs of heart disease can be seen in children as young as 12 who have high intake of high sugary drinks which could have implications for death rates in the future. While narrowed blood vessels inside the eye are a known precursor to cardiovascular disease in adults, researchers from the Westmead Millennium Institute have for the first time looked at the link between carbohydrates, which includes sugars, and the retinal health of children.

Nearly 2000 12-year-olds had retinal images taken at the Centre for Vision Research at Sydney University. Narrowing of the retinal arteries was seen in those children with an intake of more than 274 grams of carbohydrates a day. A major source of those carbohydrates came from soft drinks or cordial, found the study published in this month’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, with high-risk children consuming one or more glasses a day.

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