The headline reads: Sugar-sweetened drinks claim 180,000 lives a year worldwide. I don’t know how accurate these figures are. Not a fan of sugar or sugar-sweetened drinks, but sugar is found hidden in so many processed foods that it may be doubtful that only sugar-sweetened drinks are to blame. Is it the sugar in the drinks alone or high carbohydrate foods? All carbohydrates in the diet are ultimately converted to glucose whether it’s starch, sucrose, fructose, maltose, or lactose thus, higher blood glucose and hyperinsulinemia which may lead to a higher rate of adverse metabolic effects. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease and over 50 million American adults have this condition.