Metabolic Syndrome and Soft Drinks
Regular soft drinks have sugar and that adds calories to your diet. The sugar in sugary
drinks also raise insulin levels. This causes you to put on more fat around your middle.
This is called visceral fat. It's deep inside, around the stomach and other organs.
Too much of this kind of fat raises certain proteins and triglycerides in the blood.
High triglycerides, elevated blood sugar, and a large waist are 3 of the 5 traits
used to diagnose metabolic syndrome.
When insulin is high after a sugary drink, it may increase your hunger. That hunger
may lead to overeating. You might even reach for another soda.
Even diet soda can be a problem. Drinking diet soda on a regular basis can actually
lead to weight gain. The exact reason is still unknown. It might be that diet soda
triggers the insulin response. Or it might be that people often drink diet soda along
with sugary foods that have this effect. It may be that artificial sweeteners bind
to sweet taste buds. This causes hormonal changes in the digestive system that can
contribute to metabolic syndrome.
Try to stop drinking or drink less of both regular and diet soft drinks. If you drink
either regular or diet soda, have it with raw fruits and vegetables or nuts. The fiber
in these foods can help control the insulin response. Plain coffee or tea should be
a healthy choice. But don't add any cream or syrups that have sugar.
Read food labels that show grams of added sugar in drinks and other foods. This will
help you to make healthier choices.