The results of a study of more than 91,000 women who were followed for eight years demonstrated those who drank one or more sodas per day (less than the US national average) were twice as likely to develop diabetes as those who drank less than one soda per month. The authors also showed that higher intakes of sugary sodas went hand-in-hand with lower intakes of calcium and other essential nutrients, fruit, and fiber.
The principle author, Dr. Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University said, . “I believe schools should be a commercial-free zone and that beverages that are contributing to ill health should not be sold there.”
Having analyzed and reviewed 88 studies on the issue, Brownell and his colleagues conclude that recommendations to curb soft drink consumption on a population level are strongly supported by the available scientific evidence.
Source: American Journal of Public Health, April 2007.