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New Healthy Beverage Index may help consumers improve cardiometabolic health

There may be a better way to think about daily drinking habits that impact health conditions such as obesity and diabetes, according to a new study by Virginia Tech researchers.

The researchers have developed the Healthy Beverage Index — a scoring system to evaluate the healthiness of what and how much people drink each day. They found that a higher index score correlates to better cholesterol levels, a lower risk of hypertension, and, in men, lower blood pressure.

In the future, consumers and health care practitioners may be able to access the index online or as a mobile app to evaluate beverage intake quality.

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