Media Statement

21st July, 2015

Soft drinks not linked to diabetes

Responding to research from the British Medical Journal that links regular consumption of sugar sweetened drinks with the incidence of type 2 diabetes cases in the US and UK, Australian Beverages Council CEO Geoff Parker comments:

“The British Medical Journal study points the finger at sugar sweetened beverages without drawing definitive conclusions.

“The persistent focus on a single ingredient or product as a cause for chronic disease, including diabetes, is neither helpful to consumers nor based on evidence of the importance of a balanced diet.”

“There is no direct link with a single food or drink, including soft drinks, to the incident of type 2 diabetes.”

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For more information contact:

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

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