Sugar-sweetened beverages linked to a variety of ills

High fructose corn syrup has now been linked with a variety of ills including, but not limited to, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and gout. One of the highest measured sources of intake are beverages such as sodas and artificially flavored beverages; rated as high as 50% of consumption! The WHO (World Health Organization) suggests limiting content to no more than 10% of total energy intake or 12 tsp of sugar. One soda has 12 tsp of sugar, so patients drinking one soda per day will reach a maximum limit without adding any other source of sugar. Providers can help patients reduce the risk of acquiring diabetes, gout and other disease states by addressing dietary questions on an intake form that question sugar intake.