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Sugary Beverages Impair Adolescent Brains

Research results based on studies of rats have repeatedly proven valid for humans, which lends a worrisome note to a recent USC study which found that adolescent rats given sugar- or HFCS-sweetened drinks in concentrations similar to those in common soft drinks demonstrate a reduction in memory, learning, and task-performing skills, compared to rats given only water. In addition, the sugar-beverage drinkers manifested swelling in the brain’s hippocampus, an area often found to be damaged in victims of Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. By comparison, there was no evidence of cognitive decline connected with sugary beverages in adult rats, implying that human teenagers, the main consumers of sugary drinks, are also the most susceptible to mental impairment as a result.

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AmeriBev commenter AmeriBev at 6:30 am on October 20, 2014

First and foremost, sugar-sweetened beverages and their ingredients have been extensively reviewed by science and repeatedly deemed safe for consumption. This rodent study does not overturn these findings, nor does it change the approval of these products by regulatory agencies around the globe. Just as with other types of calories, sugar sweetened beverages can be enjoyed in moderation as a part of a balanced diet. This is also the case with food consumption, which is actually the top contributor of added sugars in the American diet.

-American Beverage Association

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