Nutrition Foundation

Sugary drinks


Sugary drinks may be one of the most significant contributors to insulin resistance. This is due to:

  • the amount of sugar in the drinks
  • the amount of the sugar that is fructose
  • the speed at which the sugar is absorbed from the gut
  • how easy it is to drink a large volume of sugary drinks

Sugary drinks include many carbonated drinks such as cola and lemonade. It also includes fruit juices, which can contain the same amount of sugar as cola. Fruit smoothies can also contain a lot of sugar.

To improve health consider

  • Reduce or stop adding sugar to drinks
  • Reduce or stop drinking sugary soft drinks
  • Reduce or stop drinking fruit juice
  • Reduce or stop sweet alcoholic drinks (cider, cocktails, sweet wines)


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