You may want to put down your sweet tea or Coke because we’ve got some news about those beloved sweet drinks. According to new research, sipping on sugary beverages like sodas, sports drinks and juice is linked to an increased risk of premature death.
A newstudyfinds that women who drink two or more glasses, bottles, or cans of sweet stuff a day raise the risk of dying young by 63% compared to women who drink them less than once a month. There’s still a higher risk for men, but theirs is only raised by 29%. Drinking more than two sugary beverages was found to increase the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease by 31% and from cancer by 18%.
But don’t think you can just switch to Diet Coke or start using Splenda in your Starbucks lattes instead and be safe. Researchers also looked at the effects of drinks made with artificial sweeteners and found that swapping one sugary beverage a day with an artificially sweetened one was found to lower the risk of dying prematurely, but sipping four or more of those fake sugar drinks actually raised the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease in women. So in this case, the artificial stuff isn’t a safer alternative to sugar.