Consuming fruit juices is just as bad for your health and likely to lead to an early death as drinking cola or lemonade، research suggests، the Dily Mail said.
A new study found an increased risk of dying early from any cause for people who consumed a lot of sugary drinks.
US researchers compared، for the first time، 100 percent fruit juices with sugar-sweetened beverages such as cola and lemonade.
They found very similar associations for both fruit juices and sugary drinks with an increased risk of dying early، though they said more research was needed.
An expert described the study as important but said there was no risk from a single 150ml glass of fruit juice per day. The new research، published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)، analyzed data from 13،440 people. Their intake of sugary drinks and 100 percent fruit juices was recorded via a questionnaire on how often they consumed the drinks.
During an average follow-up of six years، there were 1،000 deaths from any cause and 168 deaths from coronary heart disease.
Typically، people in the study got 8.4 percent of their calorie intake each day from sugar-sweetened drinks and 4 percent from 100 percent fruit juice.
People were considered to have a high intake of these drinks if 10 percent or more of energy intake came from these drinks compared with those with a low intake (less than 5 percent).
After factors such as obesity were taken into account، those with the highest intake had an 11 percent increased risk of dying from any cause for every extra 12oz of sugar-sweetened drink consumed، and a 24 percent increased risk for every extra 12oz of fruit juice consumed.
The researchers، including from Emory University in Atlanta and Cornell University in New York، said: 'These results suggest higher consumption of sugary beverages، including fruit juice، is associated with increased mortality.
'The nutrient content of 100 percent fruit juices and SSBs (sugar-sweetened beverages) is very similar.