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Drinking This Every Day Could Shorten Your Life Expectancy, New Study Says

A study of 100,000 women revealed greater risk than researchers previously thought.

You've probably heard that soda isn't the greatest for you. (Two experts just said that's true even for diet.) Now, a new study has looked at a broader category of drinks to find that when it comes to daily diet habits, it's not just soda that can lead to disease and even earlier death.

Keep reading to learn which drinks, besides soda, were linked with higher risk of early death among women. Also, check out This Is The Exact Age Your Metabolism Starts Slowing, Says New Study.

This was a longitudinal study of women.


In a new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a team of public health researchers at the University of California San Diego share their findings after an analysis from the California Teachers Study.

Starting in 1995, over 100,000 female participants with an average age of 53 years shared their daily diet habits. In 2015, at the end of the 20-year study, 14,143 of the original cohort of women had become deceased.

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Not just soda, but more sweetened beverages, had taken a toll.

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The researchers for the current study discovered a few significant trends among regular drinkers of sugar-sweetened beverages. In particular, they looked at the effect of sweetened bottled waters and teas, fruit drinks, and caloric soft drinks (meaning regular soda, not diet).

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Just one sugary drink per day played a significant role.


Compared to a group that rarely or never drank these types of sweetened beverages, it was seven or more caloric soft drinks per week—an average of one a day—that was associated with higher risk of all-cause and cancer-specific mortality. (Also read These 12 Cancers Are Linked to a Bad Diet, Doctor Says.)

Upon further analysis, consuming 1.5 cups or more of sugar-sweetened beverages per day was associated with all-cause mortality.

The final straw:


The takeaway? After comparing the findings to nationwide mortality rates, the researchers conclude that their findings "support public health efforts to reduce caloric soft drink consumption."

It may be time to kick that can (or bottle) for good.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more about Krissy
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