BOSTON (CBS) – There’s no question that drinking a lot of soda is bad for your health but what if you only do it once in a while?

A new review of 36 studies finds that one sugary beverage a day is associated with high blood pressure, and just two sugary beverages a week could possibly raise your risk of type two diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Sugary drinks are not just sodas. Juice, lemonade and anything with a lot of sugar are included. While we await more research to determine the health risks of drinking sugar-laden drinks, try to limit your intake.

Instead of drinking a glass of fruit juice, eat a piece of fruit which has fiber and will make you feel more full, and try to choose water over sweet drinks.

Strength Training Can Reduce Your Risk of Premature Death

Strength training may be just as important as aerobic exercise when it comes to promoting health.

A new study looked at more than 80,000 adults over the age of thirty and found that those who engaged in exercises that build muscle strength had a 23 percent lower risk of premature death overall and 31 percent lower risk of dying from cancer.

Strength training can include push-ups, squats, sit-ups and hand-held weightlifting.

Comments (2)
  1. As a registered dietitian working with the Juice Products Association, I would like to correct some misinformation about the inclusion of 100% fruit juice as a sugary drink to avoid when following a healthy diet. One hundred percent fruit juice is a nutrient dense beverage containing the same beneficial nutrients as whole fruit, including vitamin C, folate, potassium, magnesium, and healthful plant compounds like polyphenols, all with no added sugar.

    Regarding recent claims on metabolic syndrome, it’s important to look at the research. A study published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition found those adults who consumed 100% fruit juice were leaner, were more insulin sensitive, and had lower odds of obesity and metabolic syndrome than those who do not drink juice. A study released in September 2017 also found consuming moderate amounts of 100% fruit juice was not significantly associated with risk of hypertension or diabetes.

    Juice drinkers have been found to have higher quality diets, eat more whole fruit, and have either comparable or higher total dietary fiber in their diets as well as lower intakes of saturated fat, total fat, sodium and added sugar than non-juice drinkers. For more information, please visit

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