“…one serving daily of a sugar-sweetened beverage was linked to a 19 percent increase in the relative risk of cardiovascular disease.”
As I have been teaching clients for many years, heart disease and problematic cholesterol, as well as diabetes, are far more likely to be a result of refined and processed carbohydrates, including sugar, than of dietary fats. Low fat diets are neither safe nor health-promoting. And if you add more healthy fats to your meals, you will find that you have fewer cravings for carbohydrates!
And please note that, as the article states, artificially sweetened drinks are not the solution, but their own problem, as they cause metabolic damage.