This will come as a shock to passionate lovers of sugary drinks.
A new study that trailed about 450,000 people from 10 countries in Europe for close to twenty years has yielded a grim revelation.
People who consume any type of soda were more likely to die from any cause of death than people who kept their consumption of soda to less than one glass monthly.
The study was published on Tuesday in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal.
It found that men and women who consumed more than a glass of sugary drinks were at a higher risk of dying from deaths triggered by digestive disorders.
Dr Sharon Horesh Bergquist, an assistant professor at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta explains why:
“Experimental evidence suggests that high blood sugar and high sugar intake can impair the gut barrier, leading to a ‘leaky gut’ and access to the gut immune system causing intestinal inflammation, alter gut microbiota and increase susceptibility to gut infections,” she said.
“These pathways may increase susceptibility to digestive diseases, ” she added.
Scholars involved in the study, however, say more research is necessary to shed more light on how artificial sweeteners affects the health of those who partake in them.
They added that the studied offered a basis for people to replace sugary beverages with healthier ones preferably water.
“Our results for sugar-sweetened soft drinks provide further support to limit consumption and to replace them with other healthier beverages, preferably water,” said Dr Neil Murphy, one of those involved in writing the study’s findings said.