A study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that drinking more sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) could result in premature death. Higher consumption of sugared drinks increases the chances of cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, the risk of early death through drinking SSBs is high among women. The study also found that drinking artificially sweetened beverages (ASB) per day could help in lowering the risk of premature death. Having said that, consuming more than four ASB drinks per day can result in higher risk of mortality in women.
Consumption of More than Four Sweetened Drinks to Increase Mortality Risk
High consumption of carbonated and noncarbonated fruit drinks, soft drinks, sports drinks, and energy drinks in the U.S. initiated this study. These drinks comprise the largest source of added sugar in the daily diet. The intake of SSB has reduced, but among adults, SSB consumption has increased. The intake of SSBs has exceeded more than 10% of daily calories coming from added sugar. In addition, rapid urbanization and growing beverages market in developing regions have shown a higher intake of SSB.
Earlier studies also showed links between SSB intake and a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and heart stroke. Only a few connected SSB intake with mortality. Moreover, the higher connection is found between drinking sugary beverages and increased risk of early death due to cardiovascular disorder. Person drinking two or more SSBs have 31% higher risk of early death from CVD. Furthermore, both men and women show a good association between SSB consumption and risk of early death from cancer.