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Drinking 'healthy' beverages may harm body

A representative from the John Tung Foundation show bottles of sports drinks that contain too much sugar at a press conference in Taipei yesterday.

A representative from the John Tung Foundation show bottles of sports drinks that contain too much sugar at a press conference in Taipei yesterday.

Excessive intake of "healthy" beverages, such as sports drinks, high fiber drinks or "fat-cutting" soft drinks might backfire and undermine the drinkers' health, the John Tung Foundation claimed yesterday.
At a news conference to announce the findings of a recent survey conducted by the foundation on the relationship between bottled beverages and health, Hsu Hui-yu, a John Tung Foundation official in charge of nutrition, said that swallowing a 350 cc bottle of sports drink is equal to taking 5.4 cubes of sugar.
Hsu quoted the results of the survey conducted between February and March this year among some 1,000 elementary schoolchildren islandwide as showing that 67 percent of the children and 65 percent of their parents thought sports drinks are healthy beverages and believed that the more the children drink, the healthier they will become.
Burden on the heart
Nevertheless, Hsu pointed out, a 350cc bottle of sports drink contains 110 big calories, as well as electrolytes that can increase the burden on the heart, blood vessels and kidneys.
The current fad for beverages containing "high fiber" or "algae" - claimed by the manufacturers as being able to cut weight - will not help lose weight, but rather might cause nutritious imbalance, said Chiang Chun-ping, a pediatrician at Mackay Memorial Hospital (馬偕醫院) in Taipei.
Chiang said the best drink for people, particularly elementary schoolchildren, is boiled water and that "fiber drinks" can never replace vegetables when it comes to taking natural fiber to help with digestion and seeking balanced nutrition.


Updated : 2021-10-17 05:26 GMT+08:00