Yet another study, this one published in the medical journal BMC Medicine, links consumption of sugar sweetened beverages with an increased risk of death. But in an interesting twist, these researchers did not find the same thing true for fruit juices, despite fruit juice typically having a lot of sugar as well.
While a number of studies have linked dietary sugar to poorer health outcomes, the researchers behind this study say that few have looked specifically at sugar-sweetened drinks and a possible link to all-cause mortality. But this study, which covered 500,000 participants, did just that.
Nearly 33% of participants reported drinking sugar-sweetened drinks, more than 20% indulged in artificially sweetened drinks and more than 50% consumed fruit and/or vegetable juices.
Researchers ultimately found a link between sugary drinks and death from any cause.
But is sugar the real culprit here? The answer may be considerably more complicated. Researchers also found what other studies already show--that people who consume sugary drinks also tend to be less educated, spend more time watching television, eat more processed meat and tend to eat fewer vegetables.