News

British Soft Drinks Association attacks study linking soft drinks to early death

Most popular

What challenges face the lower-abv wine segment?

Technology bringing tasting events closer to home

What rum needs to do to recognise its potential

A-B InBev's Craft Brew Alliance purchase - Comment

How good for you is red wine? - ISFAR

MORE

A UK soft drinks trade group has dismissed a World Health Organisation study that links the consumption of soda, including diet beverages, to early deaths.

The report said more study is needed into links between soft drinks consumption and early death

The report said more study is needed into links between soft drinks consumption and early death

The British Soft Drinks Association said the study, which claims to be the largest of its kind, fails to provide "evidence of cause". The report, released this week in the journal Jama Internal Medicine, was written by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the WHO. It said the findings support ongoing public health measures to reduce the consumption of soft drinks but that more research is needed on the issue.

Following publication of the report, the BSDA highlighted the report's admission that it could not prove soft drinks are a driver of an increased risk of death. The trade group also reaffirmed its stance that soft drinks are safe to consume.

Gavin Partington, British Soft Drinks Association director general, said: "This study does not provide evidence of cause, as the authors readily admit. Soft drinks are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet."

Commenting on the report's claim that the consumption of diet soft drinks is linked to early deaths from circulatory diseases, Partington said: "According to all leading health authorities in the world, as well as Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK, low- and no-calorie sweeteners are safe."

The report analysed data from more than 450,000 people in ten European countries taken over an eight year period to 2000. Report authors followed up the findings last year.

Why the future looks better for low-calorie soft drinks, despite US troubles - Click here for a just-drinks comment


Expert Analysis

Packaged Water (Soft Drinks) Market in Canada - Outlook to 2022: Market Size, Growth and Forecast Analytics

Packaged Water (Soft Drinks) Market in Canada - Outlook to 2022: Market Size, Growth and Forecast Analytics

Packaged Water (Soft Drinks) Market in Canada - Outlook to 2022: Market Size, Growth and Forecast Analytics...

VIEW REPORT

Related Content

Why the future looks better for low-calorie soft drinks, despite US troubles - Comment

Why the future looks better for low-calorie soft drinks, despite US troubles - Comment...

Drinks industry will have to

Drinks industry will have to "recalibrate" as Gen Z makes mental health a priority - study...

Why there's more to dying than just drinking - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 220

Why there's more to dying than just drinking - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Cr...

Why soft drinks companies must have nutrition & hydration as their watchwords - Sustainability Spotlight

Why soft drinks companies must have nutrition & hydration as their watchwords - Sustainability Spotl...

Oops! This article is copy protected.

Why can’t I copy the text on this page?

The ability to copy articles is specially reserved for people who are part of a group membership.

How do I become a group member?

To find out how you and your team can copy and share articles and save money as part of a group membership call Sean Clinton on
+44 (0)1527 573 736 or complete this form..



Forgot your password?