Soft drink consumption link to early menarche

Study of a cohort of 5500 mostly non-Hispanic white girls aged 9—14 years living throughout the US showed those consuming more than 1.5 cans or glasses of carbonated drinks or sugar-laden fruit juice per day had menarche onset 2.7 months earlier than those with a lower intake.

The researchers noted that the measure of “high” consumption was conservative for the US, where the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has put mean daily sugar-sweetened beverage consumption at 18oz (530ml) for 6- to 11-year-old girls and 27oz (800ml) for 12- to 19-year-old