Abstract Title:

Sweetened Soft Drinks Consumption Is Associated with Metabolic Syndrome: Cross-sectional Analysis from the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil).

Abstract Source:

J Am Coll Nutr. 2016 Oct 31:1-9. Epub 2016 Oct 31. PMID: 27797642

Abstract Author(s):

Gustavo Velasquez-Melendez, Maria Del Carmen B Molina, Isabela M Benseñor, Leticia O Cardoso, Maria de Jesus M Fonseca, Alexandra D Moreira, Taísa Sabrina S Pereira, Sandhi M Barreto

Article Affiliation:

Gustavo Velasquez-Melendez


OBJECTIVE: To estimate the association between regular consumption of sweetened soft drinks, natural fruit juice, and coconut water with metabolic syndrome (MetS).

METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study including men and women aged 35-74 years from the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil) Study, excluding patients with type 2 diabetes. The main explanatory variables were beverage consumption and the outcome variable was metabolic syndrome (Adult Treatment Panel III).

RESULTS: After adjustments, a daily intake of 250 ml of soft drink increased the chance of metabolic syndrome (odds ratio [OR] = 1.95; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.60-2.38). There was no association between coconut water and MetS. Moderate consumption of fruit juices has low odds of MetS compared to no consumption.

CONCLUSION: Our results add evidence to potential negative effects of sweetened soft drinks on cluster metabolic abnormalities in middle-income countries.

Study Type : Human Study

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