Sugary drinks promote obesity and cardiovascular disease. But light drinks, alleviated in sugar, are not best for healthlight does not mean without sugar.
Light products are less calorie sweetened counterparts, but they still have a small amount of sugar.
Legally, the term 'light' imposes a minimum reduction of 30% of the sugar content(or FAT) in the composition of the product.
Industrial replace sugar (sucrose, glucose, fructose) with a sweetener, which preserves the sweetness but provides fewer calories.
Each brand has its recipe. In France, for example, mainly through associated aspartame to Acesulfame K, which has a 100 to 200 times higher than sugar sweetness.
Soft drinks light, less bad for teeth
Compared to traditional sugary drinks, light beverages are alleviated in sucrose, theelement that most cavities.
Very sweet drinks increase the bacterial activity that releases acids and attack the tooth enamel.
Even sugar-free sodas remain bad for teeth. Very acidic, they weaken the enamel.
Light products dangerous for the heart
According to a study by the universities of Miami and Columbia (New York) in 2012,light soda drinkers are exposed to increased stroke (+ 43%) risk compared with people who did not drink.
The Nomas (Columbia University and Miami Miller School of Medicine) study has demonstrated that light products would lead to more (+ 61%) risk of cardiac events than normally sugary sodas.
Light soda and overweight: attention to diabetes
The consumption of traditional sugary drinks increases the risk of overweight, itselfrisk factor for diabetes.
In 2013, a study conducted in France by the national Institute of health and medicalresearch (Inserm) - Université Paris-Sud 11 revealed that the risk of diabetes type 2was higher with light drinks with traditional sugary drinks.
A person drinking 1.5 litres of this type of beverage per week is liable to 60% additional risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to drinking the same amount of sugary drink.
For researchers, aspartame, main sweetener used, would lead to an increase in blood sugar so an increase in the rate of insulin.