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  • Children who frequently consume sugary drinks are at high risk for dental caries and dental erosion.
  • Drinking just one sugary drink a day increases an adult’s likelihood of being overweight by 27%.
  • Drinking just one sugary drink a day increases a child’s likelihood of being overweight by 55%.
  • Drinking two or more sugary drinks a day increases the risk of developing diabetes by at least 24%.
  • People who consume one sugary drink per day are 29% more likely to die from a heart attack.
  • Drinking sugary drinks daily for just two weeks increases blood fat levels by about 20%.
  • After six months, daily consumption of sugary drinks doubles the fat deposits in the liver and contributes to diabetes and heart disease.

Sugary Drinks

  • Growth in the non-alcoholic beverage sector has increased significantly since the early 1990s in the country. From 1998, the market for soft drinks in South Africa has more than doubled from 2 294 million litres to 4 746 million litres in 2012.
  • Based on manufacturer’s food labels, a 500 ml bottle carbonated (‘fizzy’) soft drink in South Africa contains an average of 15 teaspoons of sugar and the same size of fruit juice about the same. Drinking approximately 250 ml sugary drink daily increases the likelihood of being overweight by 27% for adults and 55% of children. Higher consumption of sugar sweetened beverages by one serving per day was associated with an 18% greater incidence of type 2 diabetes.

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