Soft drinks may increase asthma risks

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As a manufacturer of a diverse range of soft drinks, Kenya and its people have long been known to love their sugary and artificially flavoured drinks.

Part of “modern living,” opting to purchase processed and artificial drinks is often the easier and even cheaper grocery choice for parents.

It’s no secret that high consumption of sugary drinks are linked to the rising number of cases of obesity and heart disease in Kenya; but now, there’s another scare that may just convince you into curbing your soft drink consumption.

In a new University of Adelaide study, researchers have found that too many sugary and carbonated drinks can lead to an increased risk of developing asthma.

The Australian researchers found that people, who consume a minimum of 500ml of soft drinks a day, were more than twice as likely to develop chronic breathing conditions compared to those that did not drink soft drinks all together.

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Journal Reference:
1. Zumin Shi, Eleonora Dal Grande, Anne Taylor, Tiffany Gill, Robert Adams and Gary Wittert. Association between soft drink consumption and asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among adults in Australia. The Journal of Respirology, January 2012

 

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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