They may be sweet. They may be tasty. But a new study claims sugar sweetened drinks are also linked to more than 180 thousand deaths each year……25,000 in the U.S. alone.
According to a report in the American Heart Association journal ‘Circulation‘, the consumption of sugar sweetened drinks including sodas, fruit drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened iced teas, contributes to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The study, done by researchers at Tufts University, found that sugar sweetened drinks are linked to more than 130 thousand diabetes deaths, 45,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease, and 6,450 from cancer every year.
The American Beverage Association responded to the report saying, in part, “This study does not show that consuming sugar-sweetened beverages causes chronic diseases and the authors themselves acknowledge that they are at best estimating effects of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption.”
However, the study’s author Dariush Mozaffarian said, “There are no health benefits from sugar-sweetened beverages, and the potential impact of reducing consumption is saving tens of thousands of deaths each year.”
Will this new report change your drinking habits? Let us know why….or why not.