26 April 2013

Media Statement

Australian Beverages Council responds to UK study on consumption of soft drinks and incident type 2 diabetes. “It is well-known that diabetes is the result of many different factors, including obesity and family history,” said the Council’s CEO, Mr Geoff Parker.

“There is no direct link with a single food or drink, including soft drinks, to the incident of type 2 diabetes. This study does not look at causation so cannot tell us if consuming soft drinks, or any other food or drink, is a cause of diabetes.  In addition, the survey is based on information about people’s food choices that is up to 21 years old, which is not going to be a very good guide as to what people are eating and drinking today.”

“The authors themselves have also acknowledged limitations of this research.  Measures of body weight and composition were only recorded at baseline, without taking into account possible modifications of the diet and weight change during follow-up. This means they haven’t accounted for everything that could contribute to diabetes risk,” said Mr Parker.

“Soft drinks are safe to consume but, like all other food and drink, should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet,” Mr Parker concluded.

Media contact: Geoff Parker – CEO, Australian Beverages Council

Mobile: +61 (0)407 646 195

Email: Geoff.parker@australianbeverages.org


The Australian Beverages Council is the peak body for the non-alcoholic beverages industry and represents 95% of the industry’s production volume through membership.


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