The researchers from The University of California, San Francisco, tracked the effects of soda sales ban on the workers’ health and brought out some surprising conclusions.
The previous years recorded the consisten efforts of medical centres and hospitals to lessen diabetes and obesity by ceasing the selling of sugary drinks.
The first outcome of the sale ban appeared ten months after the soda limitation went into effect. The ‘heavy’ soda drinkers at U.C.S.F. reported to reduce their daily intake to half.
Prior to the completion of the study, the workers remarked some physical changes, as a slimmer waist and lessened abdominal fat without a direct result on B.M.I. (body mass index). Additional improvements could be noticed on the insulin level, a number tied with Type 2 diabetes.
The Role of Environment in Our Habits
The pioneering research found a way to boost the employees’ health and published the ‘ health journey’ on Monday, in JAMA Internal Medicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal published online and printed by the American Medical Association.
The initiative of soda ban implementation went popular, and another nine University of California campuses intend to adopt similar policies to encourage water consumption instead of sugary drinks.
Elissa Epel, an author of the study and director of the Ageing, Metabolism, and Emotions Centre at U.C.S.F states that the intervention was quick and effective, and it is interesting how an environmental change can make a difference in people’s health. A single decision can add years to workers’ lives and help them overcome a harmful habit, as drinking large-amounts of sugared beverages.
No Sugar, No Problems
The last years provided new concerns to scientists, such as a significant increase in obesity, diabetes, heart diseases and premature death caused by irresponsible sugar consumption. Health officials state that Americans started to have a weight problem due to the broad array of calories present on the market. But specialists outline that sugar is the ‘major contributor to the obesity epidemic’, as sugar consumption grew dramatically with more than 30 percent.
Harvard School of Public Health added that the highest source of calories adopted by Americans are sodas, sport drinks, fruit punches, and other available sugary drinks.
The big companies, such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, took action in this direction, and more than half of the drinks they produce contain artificial sweeteners, with low or no calories.
The ‘no sugar’ movement expanded in over 30 medical centers across the country and Britain, including the Cleveland Clinic, the University of Michigan Health System, and England’s hospitals.300 × 200