Even if you’re at a healthy weight, indulging in sugar-sweetened beverages may be sneakily upping your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. According to researchers at Cambridge University, this was even true of fruit juices and diet drinks containing artificial sweeteners (though the correlation wasn’t as strong as it was with sodas or lemonade).
The researchers estimate that the current consumption of sugary drinks will cause approximately 2 million cases of type 2 diabetes in the United States and 80,000 cases in the United Kingdom over the next 10 years. They suggest cutting sugar consumption so that it’s no more than 5 percent of one’s daily diet.
A few naturally sugar-free beverages we recommend: Sparkling water with muddled berries; infusing still water with watermelon, mint and kiwi, or lemons and lavender; and brewing iced tea with lemon. What are some of your favorite beverages that boast zero sugar (including the artificial kind)?