Sugary drinks and fruit juices may increase the risk of early death

Many sugar-sweetened beverages have little to no nutritional value and are high in calories, and their harmful health effects have been well-documented. Now, a study links drinking too many sugary beverages – and even 100% natural fruit juices – to an increased risk of early death.

The study which was published in Jama Network Open shows that drinking excessive amounts of fruit juice increases the risk of premature death from 9% to 42%.

Overall, the sugar found in orange juice can compare to that found in soft drinks (coca-cola, lemonade) and other sugary drinks.

Co-Author of the study, Jean A Walsh, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University of Medicine in Atlanta, said that the consumption of such beverages should be kept to a minimum.

Seven US States, including New Yoerk and more recently Philadelphia have levied taxes on sweetened drinks in an effort to reduce their consumption.

These laws underline how sugary beverages contribute to the obesity epidemic among children and a high rate of diabetes among adults in an effort to deter people from their consumption.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children between the ages of 1 and 6 limit fruit juice consumption to six ounces per day while children over the age of 7 adolescents and adults are to limit their consumption to eight ounces per day.

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