- Researchers say two or more soft drinks per day increases a person’s risk for earlier death from all causes.
- The researchers said it doesn’t matter if the drink is sweetened with sugar or artificial ingredients.
- Besides obesity and heart disease, researchers say excess sugar increases the risk of digestive health problems as well as Parkinson’s disease.
Findings In this population-based cohort study of 451 743 individuals from 10 countries in Europe, greater consumption of total, sugar-sweetened, and artificially sweetened soft drinks was associated with a higher risk of all-cause mortality. Consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks was positively associated with deaths from circulatory diseases, and sugar-sweetened soft drinks were associated with deaths from digestive diseases.