After numerous studies linking sweetened soft drinks and coffee drinks to an increased risk in the incidence of Type 2 diabetes, caffeine has been absolved, as new research puts the blame squarely on sugar.
Caffeine had been in question because its role in diabetes to this point has been paradoxical. Short-term metabolic studies have suggested that caffeine can impair the body’s ability to break down sugar, while other studies have noted that caffeine intake from coffee and tea is associated with lower risk of diabetes.
In a study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers suggest that consumers of sweetened drinks, irrespective of caffeine content, are most likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, while unsweetened coffee intake is associated with a lower risk of diabetes.
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