The growing research bodies suggest that all drinks sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners increase the risk of earlier death.
A recent study with the International Agency for Research on Cancer included 452,000 from 10 different European countries. The study is published in JAMA International Medicine. It suggests that consumption of 2 or more sweetened drinks increases the death risk, mainly from digestive diseases.
Targeted sugar investigations
Different studies have shown that diet high in sugar increases serious health risks. The risks include heart and digestive diseases, stroke and some cancers.
Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist, has voluntarily criticized the sugar industry. He found that the researches funded by the sugar industry find no risk association between sugar consumption and health risks. While researches without any fund from the sugar industry show the adverse effects of high sugar consumption as more disease or short life span.
Lustig performed a recent study without any fund from the sugar industry. The results were the same as the other researches without any fund from the sugar industry. However, Lustig found the study shows correlation and not causation. It shows that sugary beverage consumption is related to different health risks, but does not prove that it causes them.
The reason for these results is the diversity in the population’s diet. The diet study is complicated since it varies from day to day and over a person’s life span.
New research also relates artificially sweetened beverages with an increased risk of gastrointestinal and Parkinson’s disease. This study asked people about their sugary beverage intake at the beginning.
However, they suggest performing more researches to confirm any causation.
Dr. Anton Bilchik believes that excess sugar consumption is linked to obesity. Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and different cancers. He said that low-calorie beverages, even containing less sugar, pose the increased health risks.
Recommended sugar intake
The American Heart Association recommends 9 teaspoons and 6 teaspoons of added sugar for men and women respectively.
Many commercial juices and other beverages contain more than the recommended quantity of sugar per serving. Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health mentions that 10 teaspoons of sugar are in 12 ounces of soda. Cranberry juice cocktail contains 12 teaspoons sugar.
A venti white chocolate mocha at having whipped cream at Starbucks contains almost 18 teaspoons of added sugar.
Experts suggest that avoiding high sugar beverages is an easy way to prevent excess sugar consumption in daily life. A healthy change in lifestyle causes a significant decrease in preventable health risks of diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, and stroke.
It is to be mentioned that excessive consumption of every drink is a problem. Experts suggest the consumption of water and unsweetened drinks to prevent heart and other health problems.