If you need another reason to eat a healthier diet, a new study links sugar consumption with diabetes.
“For every 12 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverage introduced per person per day into a country’s food system, the rate of diabetes goes up 1 percent,” reports Mark Bittman in the February 27, 2013, issue of The New York Times.
The study shows that obesity doesn’t cause diabetes, but sugar does, Bittman concludes. “The study demonstrates this with the same level of confidence that linked cigarettes and lung cancer in the 1960s.”
The study, which was published in the journal PLoS One, examines the data on sugar availability and the rate of diabetes in 175 countries during the past decade.