At one point, diet drinks were considered to be a healthy alternative due to having less sugar, but time has shown that even synthetic sweeteners can lead to problems. A JAMA Open study is also suggesting that another popular drink may not be quite as healthy as originally thought.
Using data gathered from more than13,000 adult participants drinking 100% juice and sugar-sweetened soft drinks over a six-year period, the results showed some fascinating and potentially alarming results. Several participants passed away while those who drank the greatest quantity of sugary beverages were at higher risk of death by any cause. The risk was even slightly higher for those who drank extra juice servings.
While juice could be considered healthier than a soft drink, many of them are largely water and concentrated sugar. In regards to its effect on the mouth, the acidity is capable of damaging the tooth enamel, increasing the odds of decay and tooth sensitivity.
There is nothing inherently wrong with drinking juice provided it’s done in moderation. For the best hydration, however, you’ll probably want to stick to fluoride-free water or tea.
To read the JAMA Network study, visit https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2733424.
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