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The type of sugar in popular soft drinks varies from country to country even if the brand name is the same. from shutterstock.com

We know too much sugar is bad for us, but do different sugars have different health effects?

A recent study found Australian soft drinks had higher concentrations of glucose than US soft drinks, which had more fructose. Does this mean Australian drinks are worse for health than US drinks?
Early detection and treatment of diabetes can be life-saving, but prevention by adopting healthier diets and lifestyle is even better. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

How South Africa can beat its sugar-fuelled diabetes epidemic

Being able to buy processed "food-like" products is often seen as a mark of personal and material success. Little attention is paid to having a healthy diet.
A tax on sugary drinks wouldn’t just prevent obesity, it could recoup some of the costs from obesity to the taxpayer. from www.shutterstock.com.au

A sugary drinks tax could recoup some of the costs of obesity while preventing it

Obesity imposes enormous costs on the community, through higher taxes to fund extra government spending on health and from foregone tax revenue because obese people are more likely to be unemployed.
Repeated exposure to high levels of acid can cause tooth erosion. Joshua Hunter/Flickr

Health check: what’s eating your teeth?

Most of us know sugar is bad for teeth because it feeds bacteria that cause tooth decay. But fewer of us are aware that equally damaging is repeated exposure to acids in food and drinks.
The study drew a link between high energy snack foods and colorectal cancer. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ngk/

Study links high-energy food and drinks with bowel cancer

Consuming a lot of high-energy junk foods and fizzy drinks is associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer, according…
Drinking one can of soft drink a day is linked to a 20% increase in the risk of developing diabetes. Damien Ayers

A soda a day keeps the doctor in pay: soft drinks and diabetes

Recent research linking soft drinks to type 2 diabetes reminds us, once again, that we are what we put in our mouths. This large study from Europe found drinking a 12 ounce (about 355 ml) can of soft drink…
Fluoridated water is the best drink option for children, but a new study has found many are consuming sugary drinks instead. Wouter van Doorn

Study supports calls for soft drink health warning

Soft drink health warnings should include advice on the risk of tooth decay, say researchers from the University of Adelaide…

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