The harmful effects of too many sugar-packed drinks like soda are well documented.
Obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease are a few of the risks.
But now researchers are examining the link between sugary drinks and mortality.
According to the results of a recent study published in the journal Jama Network Open, excessive consumption of any sugary beverage, even natural fruit juice, appears linked to an early death.
Researchers found that when sugary beverages make up 10 percent or more of a person’s daily caloric intake, they are at a 44 percent greater risk of dying from coronary heart disease.
And a 14 percent greater risk of an early death due to any cause, compared to someone whose daily intake is made up of less than 5 percent sugary drinks.
It’s one of the first studies of its kind to include 100 percent natural juice alongside sodas and added sugar beverages.
Critics point to weaknesses in the study such as unreliable self-reported data about a patient’s consumption habits.
Others say studying more patients over a longer period would support the research.