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Zero Sugar Soft Drinks (Beverages) Are Not Really Free of Sugar Could Lead to Diabetes at High Consumption

Jimmy E. O, Essenowo, N. E, Umoh I. U, Nigeria

Fasting blood glucose (FBG) was determined in male and female albino rates for 28 days in the oral administration of zero sugar coke, and sugary coke, sprite and dubic malt. There was a steady rise of blood glucose level from day 7 to day 28 and was significant (P < 0.05) in rats fed with zero coke compared with sugary coke malt and low sugar malt. However, sprite had the highest blood glucose level and very significant P< 0.05) compared with all the drinks. This was followed by coke and lastly malt. It is concluded that the zero i.e. Non sugar labelled coke is not really zero but with sugar content and it is likely to cause diabetes in its high consumption. The consumption of other soft drinks e.g. malt, sugary coke and sprite should be drastically reduced to avoid the burden of diabetes. The acute toxicity test (LD50) done revealed that all the soft drinks studied are safe for consumption.

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