Mainstream Admission: Sugary Drinks are Bad, and Juice is a Sugary Drink

(Ethan) #1

The new study defined “sugary beverages” as both sugar-sweetened thirst-quenchers, like soda and fruit-flavored infusions, and 100% natural fruit juices that have no added sugar. So how does fruit juice stack up against soda?

Specifically, drinking an excessive amount of fruit juice led to an increased risk of premature death ranging from 9% to 42%, depending on the amount consumed and personal risk factors such as obesity, according to the study, published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open.

Each additional 12-ounce serving of fruit juice per day was associated with a 24% higher risk of death from any cause, and each additional 12-ounce serving of sugary beverages per day was associated with an 11% higher risk. A similar relationship between sugary beverages and death due to coronary heart disease was not found.


While I agree with the sentiment, if we accept all these association studies at face value without further clinical investigation, we end up being told an extra slice of bacon will give us cancer etc.

(Michael - Don't expect miracles and you won't be disappointed.) #3

@carolT Agreed. None-the-less maybe it will make parents think twice about weaning their children on six packs of apple juice.


Oh yeah, giving them “healthy” apple juice instead of that evil soda is :exploding_head:

(Graci) #5

I could see any of these drinks, naturally occurring sugar or added contributing to death in a metabolically sick person with insulin issues…I know my personal insulin response to 100% fruit juice was off the chart, I would fall asleep within 10-15 minutes of drinking a tall glass of 100% cherry or cranberry juice and those were pretty darn tart :persevere:

(Alec) #6

Epidemiological bollocks.