Hidden sugar trap to avoid at breakfast (and beyond)

SYou’ve got to love this medical news headline I just ran across: “Sweetened Milk Drinks Now Linked to Type 2 Diabetes.”

Now, who here is shocked by that allegation?

And yet, someone felt compelled to investigate the obvious and actually published this new study. And lo and behold, they found (for the first time!) a link between the consumption of sweetened milk drinks and type 2 diabetes.

The researchers concluded that efforts to reduce intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) should be extended to include milkshakes and flavored milk.

That’s good, but it’s dangerously incomplete. As if “regular” milk products should be excluded from the ban?

Regular milk has almost as much sugar as many sodas. And, I’ll say it again — milk has no nutritive benefits for humans. For cows or goats, maybe, but not for us.

And yet, here’s what the study’s senior author had to say:

“Past research typically thought of SSBs as soft drinks such as fizzy drinks, colas…and juice drinks, but our study raises the possibility that the habitual daily consumption of sweetened milk drinks…is also related with a higher risk of new-onset diabetes.”

“Raises the possibility”? And if the milk drink is sweetened, then it likely has even more sugar than soda. This type of “thinking” has gotten us where we are today — sick and fat.

The study also calculated that, for each 5 percent increase of a person’s total energy intake provided by sweet drinks, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes may increase by 18 percent. And replacing the daily consumption of one serving of a sugary drink with either water or unsweetened tea or coffee can lower the risk of developing diabetes by between 14 percent and 25 percent.

Again, this is useful info, but honestly, how much longer do we have to state the obvious?

Unfortunately, while you and I may get it…there are still thousands of others who just don’t stop to think about it. Our medical establishment does nothing to help counter the misinformation and brainwashing of big food.

I know many of my patients tell me that their “normal” doctor doesn’t ever tell them anything about diet or how to correct their metabolic imbalances with eating differently.

We need to start acting on the myriad of studies that are all telling us the same thing: sugar kills.

Sugar is sugar. It’s the amount of sugar that counts — not where the sugar comes from.


Sweetened Milk Drinks Now Linked to Type 2 Diabetes. Medscape Medical News, April 30, 2015. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/844017