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Sweet drinks linked to irregular heartbeat; organic juices may reduce risk

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A new study published by the American Heart Association suggests that consuming more than 67 ounces of sugary or artificially sweetened beverages per week may increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation—an irregular heartbeat. The study followed almost 202,000 participants over the course of around 10 years and found that those who drank more than the recommended amount of sweetened drinks had a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation.

On the other hand, the study also found that participants who consumed organic fruit juices without added sugar had a lower risk of atrial fibrillation. Those who drank about 34 ounces or less of pure fruit juice each week had an 8% lower risk of developing the condition.

The research also highlighted the impact of smoking on atrial fibrillation risk. Participants who drank more than 67 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages per week and smoked had a 31% higher risk of atrial fibrillation compared to non-smokers.

While the study suggests a correlation between sweetened beverage consumption and atrial fibrillation risk, it is important to note that the lead author of the study, Ningjian Wong, emphasized that the complexity of diets and individual health factors may play a role in the development of the condition.

Critics of the study, such as Robert Rankin from the Calorie Control Council, argue that attributing atrial fibrillation risk solely to sweetened beverage intake may be misleading, as comorbidities like smoking, high BMI, and diabetes could also contribute to the condition.

Overall, the study provides valuable insights into the potential link between sweetened beverage consumption and atrial fibrillation, but further research is needed to fully understand the complex relationship between diet, lifestyle factors, and heart health.

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