Agency, 5 September : Whether you call it soda, pop or a soft drink, a new study’s findings suggest it would be better for your health to drink water instead.
The large European study found that people who have more than two sodas a day with or without sugar had a higher risk of dying over about 16 years than people who sipped the fizzy beverages less than once a month.
“We found that higher soft drink intake was associated with a greater risk of death from any cause regardless of whether sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened drinks were consumed,” said study senior author Neil Murphy. He’s a scientist with the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France.
“Our results for sugar-sweetened soft drinks provide further support to limit consumption and to replace them with healthier beverages, preferably water,” Murphy said.
Sugar-sweetened beverages may lead to weight gain and obesity. They also may affect the way the hormone insulin is used in the body, which can lead to inflammation, Murphy noted. All of these things can lead to health conditions that may shorten life.
He said more research is needed to understand how artificially sweetened soda might increase the risk of early death.
While it found an association, the current study does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between soda and a higher risk of early death. It’s possible that soda drinkers have other habits that could add to their odds, such as smoking or a less healthy diet.
This study isn’t the first to find a connection between soda and bad health outcomes. Two recent studies one from BMJ and the other in Circulation linked drinking soda to cancer and deaths from heart disease.
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