LETTERS: Okay to occasionally drink soft drinks

I REFER to "Sweet bubbles lead to heart attack" published in The QT on November 4 which discussed a study from the British Medical Journal that linked the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks to an increased risk of heart failure.

The study claims that the consumption of soft drinks specifically is a leading cause of an increased risk of heart failure. In no way does the study demonstrate or provide any correlation between the consumption of sweetened beverages and an increased prevalence to heart failure.

The study in fact demonstrates the over-consumption of soft drinks was simply an indicative measure of an overall poor diet of the participants rather than a single factor in the increased risk of heart disease.

It is well established that heart failure is one of the most considerably complex health issues we face today and one that cannot simply be caused by one single factor, but can be attributed to a range of issues such as genetics or family history, an overall poor diet or a sedentary lifestyle.

The study, which has raised more questions than answers according to its peer-review, has failed to demonstrate even a causal relationship between sweetened beverage consumption and heart failure.

This study serves only to further warp an inaccurate health landscape when it comes to the role soft drinks play in overall health.

We have long known that soft drink, like all food and beverages, fits into a balanced diet and can be enjoyed in moderation.

Ensuring that people do not over-consume one product is a matter of personal common sense.

GEOFF PARKER CEO, Australian Beverages Council


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