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.