In the past few years, the health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) have been a matter of scientific and public interest.
SSBs include any beverage with added sugar or other sweetener, such as carbonated and noncarbonated soft drinks, fruit punch, fruit juice concentrates, powdered drink mixes, and energy drinks.
Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugars in the US diet. Substantial efforts have been devoted to discourage the consumption of SSBs, including policies for taxation and restrictions on marketing to children.
Fruit juices are still widely perceived as a healthier option than SSBs. However, they often contain as much sugar and as many calories as SSBs. Although the sugar in 100% fruit juices is naturally occurring rather than added, once metabolized, the biological response is essentially the same.
This investigation examines associations of SSBs and 100% fruit juices with mortality outcomes
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