A large study released in 2019 confirmed that carbonated soft drinks are hazardous to health. This study was set up to examine the association between sugar sweetened and artificially sweetened soft drink consumption and mortality. The large European group of 451,743 people spanning ten countries included: Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The average age was 50 years, comparing the consumption of two or more soft drinks per day to less than one per month.
This study found that the consumption of sugar sweetened and artificially sweetened soft drinks was positively associated with all-cause deaths. The results are supportive of public health campaigns aimed at limiting the consumption of soft drinks as reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Those that drank two or more sugar sweetened soft drinks per day compared to those who drank less than one per month, had a much higher risk of death from digestive diseases. Also, the study found that those who drank artificially-sweetened drinks had an increased risk of death from diseases of the circulatory system. Both groups showed an increased death risk from Parkinson’s disease.
Participants joined the study over a span of eight years, between 1992 and 2000. Follow up was an average of 16 years, during which time more than 41,600 deaths were reported.
“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 Dr. Neil Murphy, a scientist at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization.
Based on the clearly astounding results of this long scientific research study, it is time to stop consuming soft drinks completely. Drinking purified water is the best form of hydration. See the Hydration Section for posts about the importance of purifying drinking water. Make sure to heed this special news warning. Soft drinks are hazardous.