Diet soft drinks are no better for your health than their sweet counterparts, a new study suggests
- The researchers analyzed data on 1.2 million adults from 14 studies
- It has been found that those who consume sweetened beverages are more likely to die young
- The risk of death increases with each additional 250 ml of sweetened beverage per day
Drinking a “diet” car or lemonade is as harmful to you as drinking varieties with full sugar, according to a large study.
Those who consume sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages are more likely to die young, researchers have found.
They analyzed data on 1.2 million adults from 14 studies, with some participants being followed for more than 20 years.
During this time, there were 137,310 deaths. The risk of death increases with each additional intake of 250 ml of sweetened beverage per day – less than the standard box of 330 ml.
Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with a 5% increased risk of death from any cause with a 13% higher risk of death from heart disease.
Researchers who analyzed data on 1.2 million adults from 14 studies found that those who consumed sweetened or artificially sweetened beverages were more likely to die young (photo)
People who drink the most are 12% more likely to die from any cause and 20% more likely to die from heart disease than those who drink the least.
Consumption of artificially sweetened beverages is associated with a 4% increased risk of death from any cause and a 7% higher risk of death from heart disease.
Those who drank the most were 12% more likely to die from any cause and 23% more likely to die from heart disease than those who drank the least. The study’s lead author, Dr. Hongyi Li of Zhengzhou University in China, told the Journal of Public Health: “High consumption of both artificially sweetened and sugar-sweetened beverages shows significant links to a higher risk of cardiac death. -vascular diseases and mortality from all causes.
“This information can provide ideas for reducing the global burden of disease by reducing the intake of sugary drinks.”
The UK government introduced a sugar tax on beverages in April 2018 in an attempt to reduce consumption and improve the nation’s health.
Consumption of sweetened sugary drinks is associated with a 5% increased risk of death from any cause with a 13% higher risk of death from heart disease (photo)
Manufacturers of soft drinks containing more than 5 g of sugar per 100 ml are forced to pay a fee of 18p per liter to the treasury.
Those that contain more than 8g of sugar per 100ml attract a higher tax of 24p per liter.
Households consumed 10% less sugar than soft drinks the following year, but sales of soft drinks remained broadly unchanged. Experts say buyers have switched to alternative, lower-sugar beverages or manufacturers have reformulated recipes to avoid paying the tax.
Professor Graham McGregor of the Action on Sugar campaign group said: “Ideally, people should avoid sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened beverages and choose a healthier option such as water.”
Gavin Partington of the British Soft Drinks Association said: “Soft drinks are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet. The sector recognizes that it has a role to play in the fight against obesity. “