Sugar-sweetened drinks have been linked to the deaths of about 25,000 American adults a year and over 180,000 people worldwide a year, according to a new study.
Poorer countries are disproportionately affected by deaths from diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases that have been linked to sugary drinks, according to the study, published Monday in the journal Circulation. The worst-hit country was Mexico, where 405 per million adults died due to sugary drinks, with South Africa coming in second with 153 deaths per million adults. Overall, sugary drinks were found to cause one in every 100 deaths from obesity-related causes.
The researchers said their results meant that countries needed to take a stronger stance toward combating sugar in drinks. “Many countries in the world have a significant number of deaths occurring from a single dietary factor, sugar-sweetened beverages. It should be a global priority to substantially reduce or eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages from the diet,” Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and the study’s senior author said in a press release
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