A Stellenbosch academic has entered the raging sugar debate. Prof Faadiel Essop‚ head of the Cardio-Metabolic Research Group at Stellenbosch University‚ has said the public should know just how harmful sugar can be. A 330ml can of sweetened, fizzy drink has between seven and nine teaspoons of sugar. Essop‚ along with a team of researchers‚ has reviewed 36 studies done over the past 10 years on the cardio-metabolic effects of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages. The findings were published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society this week. Studies found that having just two servings of sugar-sweetened drinks a week can be linked to an increase risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and‚ according to a statement issued by the university about Essop’s work‚ having "only one sugar-sweetened beverage a day was associated with elevated blood pressure". "The findings clearly demonstrate there is a need for public education about the harmful effects of excess consumption of sugar-sweetened beve...

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