Soft drinks linked to early death

Those who consume the beverages are 17% more likely to die prematurely, European study shows

Consumption of soft drinks, whether they're sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners, may raise the risk of premature death, European research suggests.

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In a study that followed around 400,000 adults for more than 16 years, the risk of premature death was heightened in those who consumed two or more glasses of soft drink a day.

The study used data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, a multinational study that recruited participants from 1992 to 2000 and assessed diet, including soft drink