Can drinking too much soda cause diabetes? The recent controversial posters displayed in subway stations in New York; meant to remind the public the dangers of consuming too much sugar-laden soda or soft drinks. The ads feature images unhealthy people, including the amputee.
But soda manufacturers say that it is ‘inaccurate picture’ of what the soft drink does to the body.
From what I have read, there is strong evidence that sugar-sweetened soft drinks contribute to the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other chronic conditions.
Do you know that a can of soda or soft drink contain about 7 to 10 teaspoon of table sugar or sucrose? If you were to drink just one can of a sugar-sweetened soft drink every day, and not cut back on calories elsewhere, you could gain up to 15 pounds in a year.
Malaysians consume about 26 teaspoons of sugar daily and we are the 8th sugar user in the world. According to the Second National Health and Morbidity survey it is estimated that 3.4 million Malaysians are diabetes sufferers in 2010. That’s not sweet news.
Inspired by the poster from New York City’s Health Department to warn the public that drinking too much soda could cost you a leg, I came out this illustration below.