Study Finds Soft Drink Consumption Increases Risk of All-Cause Mortality
Sugary drinks are the number one source of calories and added sugar in the American diet. A new study has found that people who drink two or more sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened soft drinks daily have a higher risk of all-cause mortality.
For their study, the researchers used data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study, which included 521,300 participants from 10 European countries. Dietary intake questionnaires were used to assess soft drink consumption. Participants were followed for an average of 16.4 years.
Participants who drank two or more sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened soft drinks daily were found to have a higher risk of all-cause mortality compared to those who drank less than one per month. Consumption of two or more glasses of artificially sweetened soft drinks per day was associated with a higher risk of death from circulatory disease. Consumption of one or more glasses of sugar-sweetened soft drinks per day was associated with a higher risk of death from digestive disease.
The study was conducted by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It was published online ahead of print on September 3, 2019 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.