Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Claim Lives Worldwide

July 8, 2015

Just shy of 200,000 lives were lost in 2010 to diseases linked to sugared beverage consumption, according to a new study. Get a full summary here.

In the United States, the intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), including the full range of soft drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks, and vitamin water drinks, increased from 3.9% of calories in the late 1970s to 9.2% in 2001-a 3-fold increase.In 2009, the American Heart Association published a scientific statement in which it identified SSBs as the primary source of added sugars in the American diet. While it has long been believed that SSBs contribute in no small part to the obesity epidemic, only recently have epidemiologic studies substantiated the relationship between SSB intake, weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular risk.The study summarized in the slides above, by researchers at Tufts University, goes one step further and estimates the number of deaths worldwide in 2010 from SSB-related disease. 

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