We’re not talking about alcohol, though make sure you’re within moderate range on that front (no more than one drink a day for women, two for men). We’re referring to the wolves in sheep’s clothing of the beverage world: sugar-sweetened drinks. Soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, packaged iced teas, and fruit drinks go down easy but can hit your health hard. Past research has shown that drinking them regularly can up your risk of weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease, and a new study shows they can increase your risk of an early death, from heart disease in particular. In analyzing data from more than 100,000 men and women, researchers found that the more sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) people drank, the more likely they were to die prematurely, with just two SSBs a day linked to a 31 percent increased risk of dying from heart disease and a 21 percent increase of dying from any cause. Women were especially vulnerable to the health harms of sugar. A 12-ounce can of one popular soda contains 39 grams of added sugar—that’s almost 10 teaspoons of sugar, and higher than the American Heart Association’s recommended limits for a whole day. Many packaged iced teas and “sports drinks” are similarly sugar-laden. Skip the empty calories and the serious health risks of these products by making water or black coffee or plain tea your main beverage.
Source: Long-Term Consumption of SugarSweetened and Artificially Sweetened
Drink your way to better health. Drink water.