Media Statement

30 October, 2015

Linking sugar-sweetened beverages and heart failure is ill-informed

Responding to research published in the journal Heart, linking the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks to an increased risk of heart failure, Australian Beverages Council CEO, Geoff Parker, states:

“Linking the consumption of any one food or beverage to heart failure is extremely misleading. In no way does the study demonstrate or provide any correlation between the consumption of sweetened beverages and increased prevalence to heart failure.

“In fact, the accompanying editors of this study admit that overconsumption of sweetened beverages is typically indicative of an overall poor diet, which is more of a causal factor in itself than any one food or beverage in particular.

“Heart failure is an exceptionally complex condition that is not caused by any one factor, but can be attributed to a range of issues such as genetics or family history, an overall poor diet or a sedentary lifestyle. To link sweetened drinks to heart failure and death is an extreme claim that negates the importance of a healthy lifestyle in maintaining heart health.

“The study, which has raised more questions than answers according to its peer-review, demonstrates no causal relationship between sweetened beverage consumption and heart failure. It only serves to further confuse and distort the health landscape.”

“Like many other foods and beverages, sweetened drinks have a place in a balanced diet and can be enjoyed in moderation by using simple common sense,” concludes Parker.

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For more information contact:

Geoff Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Beverages Council, M: 0407 646 195

 

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