New Study Links Sugar-Sweetened Beverages To Over 180,000 Deaths Yearly

From Elite Daily Health
March 20, 2013 - 11:03am

Maybe we all owe Mayor Michael Bloomberg an apology for scoffing at his large soda ban, as a new study at Harvard has linked 180,000 deaths annually to sugar-sweetened drinks.   The deaths are broken down into 133,000 from diabetes, 6,000 from cancer, and 44,000 from heart disease worldwide.   In the United States alone, 25,000 deaths were linked to drinking sugar-sweetened drinks in 2010, according to Gitanjali M. Singh, Ph.D., co-author of the study and postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.   The study was presented Tuesday at a meeting of the American Heart Association.    Sugary drinks have developed a bad rep for a reason, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has taken initiative trying to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.   A judge in New York overturned Bloomberg’s law, however. The mayor’s office is appealing the decision.   The American Heart Association recommends adults consume no more than 450 calories per week from sugar-sweetened beverages, and we say there’s no reason to have a soda when you could have water.   James Gilbert | Elite. New Study Links Sugar-Sweetened Beverages To Over 180,000 Deaths Yearly

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