Compulsive About Sugar? Workplace Sugary Beverage Sales Ban Doesn’t Help Everyone Equally

By Science Alert

Many institutions – such as schools, hospitals, and workplaces – have reduced the availability of sugar-sweetened beverages to help fight health problems such as weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. But for some people a sales ban that takes the temptation out of the workplace may not be enough.

Sugary drinks account for 34 percent of added sugar in the American diet, and for people who feel cravings and compulsive drive for sweet drinks, strong interventions in addition to the workplace sales ban may be needed, according to new research published March 29 in the Annals of Behavioral Science.

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A Brief Motivational Intervention Differentially
Reduces Sugar-sweetened Beverage (SSB) Consumption

Ashley E Mason, PhD, Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH, Laura Ishkanian, MPH, Laurie M Jacobs, PhD, Cindy Leung, ScD, MPH, Leeane Jensen, MPH, Michael A Cohn, PhD, Samantha Schleicher, BA, Alison R Hartman, BA, Janet M Wojcicki, PhD, MPH, Robert H Lustig, MD, MSL, Elissa S Epel, PhD
Annals of Behavioral Medicine, (April, 2021)

Sugary drinks

Means the same as sugar-sweetened beverages or liquid sugars.

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Heart disease

A broad term for a group of chronic diseases of the heart, these diseases include problems with blood supply to heart muscle, problems with heart valves and the electrical system of the heart. Another term you will see used to mean the same thing is cardiovascular disease.

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Sugar-sweetened beverages

(SSB) Means the same as liquid sugar, or sugary drinks.

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Added sugar

Any sugar added in preparation of foods, either at the table, in the kitchen or in the processing plant. This may include sucrose, high fructose corn syrup and others.

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Diabetes mellitus

Usually shortened to just diabetes. Sometimes called sugar diabetes. Look at Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes for more information

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