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Sugary Drinks Versus Sugary Mithai (sweets)

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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When we talk about health, everybody talks against soft drinks. They say that one should not substitute water with soft drinks. One should take not more than one soft drink a day.

From medical point of view soft drinks means any drink which contains more than 10% sugar. Oral rehydration solution medically recommended for dehydration and marketed as a replacement solution is not a sugary drink as it contains not more than 2–3% sugar. One soft drink which is of 200 ml on an average will contain 20 gm of sugar which will amount to 10%.

Most of the mithais or so called Indian sweets contain more than 10% sugar and an average person consumes 100 gm of sweets per meal.

Most Indian sweets like moong ki daal ka halwa or gajar ka halwa or suji halwa contains 30% sugar. Suji Halwa is made of one cup of ghee, one cup of suji and two cups of sweet syrup and four cups of water.

Kalakand is the least sweetened Indian sweet containing only 300 gm of sugar in 10kg of milk. Indian traditional Burfi is 3 kg sugar in 10 kg of khoya. Kaaju burfi is 50% sugar, gulab jamun is 40% sugar, rasgulla syrup contains 50% sugar (made of only cow milk and sugar).

The sugar syrup so called Chashni is 50% sugar. Most of the soft drinks have 10% sugar. The nimboos which is available as soft drink in the market is 2.5% sugar.

Most Indian sweets are made either in sugar chashni or in Vanaspati ghee ( hydrogenated oils). A sweet cannot be made in artificial sweeteners as artificial sweetener cannot be converted into a sugar syrup or chashni. The sweets which are made in vanaspati ghee are gulab jamun, laddoo, patisa, balu shahi, sohan halwa. Sohn halwa has the maximum hydrogenated oil. Balushahi also contains 60% ghee.

The sweets which are made without any ghee are the one which are made in chashni of sugar and they are rasgulla, ras malai, chum chum etc. Paneer is taken out of the milk and poured into the chashni.

Most of the salty snacks are made in soyabeen oil which is the cheapest oil. The other oils which can be used are sunflower oil, cottonseeds oil. Samosa, kachori are made of maida but they are not cooked in transfat or hydrogenated oils but in soyabeen oil.

The hydrogenated oils or vanaspati ghee is only present in items like laddoo, balushahi, besan ka laddoo, patisa etc.

Energy drinks may put heart at risk for sudden death

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Energy drinks may raise blood pressure and prolong QT interval increasing the risk of sudden cardiac death.

In a meta–analysis by Sachin A. Shah at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif, with a pooled analysis of 93 people who consumed energy drinks, the QT interval on an ECG was significantly prolonged by 10 ms. The threshold level of regulatory concern is around 5 ms.

In another pooled analysis of 132 people by the same group, researchers found a significant increase in systolic blood pressure by 3.5 mmHg that was associated with the consumption of energy drinks.

Doctors are generally concerned if patients experience an additional 30 ms in their QT interval from baseline. QT prolongation is associated with life–threatening arrhythmias.

Most energy drinks have caffeine. Drinks such as Monster, Red Bull, Rockstar, Full Throttle and AMP have three times the amount of caffeine as colas. A 16–oz. can of Monster Energy, for example, contains 160 mg of caffeine, which is almost as much as 5 cans of soda.