(WYTV) – Soft drinks are always popular, but they come with a lot of added sugar, real and artificial. They can also pack on the pounds.
A recent study from the American Medical Association says too many sweet drinks might actually cut short your life, just like cigarettes and fatty foods.
“The striking finding was in over a half a million people who were looked at. There was an increased risk of death, from all causes, and from heart disease with people that consumed sugar -sweetened beverages, sodas, and no surprisingly, artificial sweeteners,” said Dr. Mark Hyman of the Cleveland Clinic.
People who drank two or more glasses everyday of soft drink, sugar-sweetened or artificially-sweetened drinks had an increased risk of death from circulatory or digestive diseases.
In other words, diet soda doesn’t give anyone a ‘free pass’ to drink as much as you want.
Instead of sugar-sweetened drinks, look for sparkling water or water with small amounts of fresh fruit added.