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Soft drinks - diet or full sugar - are increasing your risk of death

Drinking two cans of regular Coke a day increases your risk of early death from heart disease by a third according to experts from Harvard.

While swapping to the diet variety of soft drinks in general is better for you, drinking more than four a day will still lead to increased risk of death.

This is because the six common artificial sweeteners — aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, neotame, advantame and acesulfame potassium-k are toxic to gut bacteria.

So before you reach for that next can or bottle of soft drink, perhaps reach for a water instead.

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Yes aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k are toxic and that has been known for decades -- pilots were never allowed to have them as it dulled their brains.

IF you HAVE to have these drinks have the normal sugar ones -- but as you said Drew drink water instead

Sugar is likely the big cause of premature death.  I love sweet things but have been cutting back for a decade in an attempt to detox myself.

Mick it really is not sugar itself it is refinde sugars especailly high corn fructose, and also the combination of too much fat in the diet. So too much ice-cream is really bad for you (for example). Try honey instead, because it is natural our bodies can process it much easier and will give you some nutritents at the same time. Eating more fruit can curb your sweet cravings too.

probably had about 12 cans in my lifetime.  not a fan of soft drink.  water is my choice now and all coffee/tea no sugar

May you live to 120 and enjoy it - Mum lived to 96 with a similar aversion to cool soft drinks and sugar. Her last few years were not that great however. I drink Coke with some rum, in moderation as they say. Have been warned off the premixed variety by my doc years ago. Rum without mix is no good and even in a tea or coffee I would need a couple of sugar cubes.

Likewise ardnher. I do have a younger brother that drinks multiple daily who I do hope will outlive me though. I drink too much coffee and tea (none with sugar or milk by the way. I gave those up at 12 just after getting into tea.)

The downside is that you are always being turned off by restaurant food where sugar has been used. They use it in spagetti sauces and have you ever tried baked beans at a restaurant breakfast? most is awful sugary muck despite the generally decent treatment, reasonable balance of condiments and natural goodness of beans.

As if there isn't enough sugar in the other stuff we eat. The fruit, lovely, and full of it.

Have to admit I do like a fizzy drink now and then..however..I drink lots of water too so I don't feel guilty.

I am a water and a fruit juice drinker only

Fruit also has a high level of sugar and just because it may seem to be OK because it is "natural sugar" it is still sugar.

Fruit also has a high level of sugar and just because it may seem to be OK because it is "natural sugar" it is still sugar.

Tom Tank fruit juice is fine as long as you juice it yourself and include the fibre sometimes. It is processed fruit juices that can be of concern.

Just a couple of swigs of coke send my sugars up

Just a couple of swigs of coke send my sugars up

Not a fan of soft drinks or water. Brought up on a farm and have always drunk a lot of milk, and white coffee. Also quite partial to Scrumpy.

Now where does one get Scrumpy around here. Been over in the old country and enjoyed quite a few of them there in the pub. Also were available in bottle shops. They look a lot more natural then the clear ciders here.

Cowboy Jim you can get a flagon of Old Rosie Scrumpy at Dan Murphy. Its is just over $20-00 a flagon. Try it you won't be dissappointed.

Thanks Casey - shall look for it next time at Murphy's!

Not drinking anything at all is the biggest risk to dying!!

Never been a fan of soft drinks - and especially Coca Cole even when younger.  Occasonal fruit juice but mainly water,

coffee and a vatiety of teas.   

Depends on your general health. Mine's pretty good so I don't have strict rules as to what I drink or eat.

Mind you, if you want to hang on to those chompers and like your sugary drinks, use a straw.

Some sensible advice from Drew for a change. I cannot believe people even drink this poison, I would never touch the stuff, rots your gut bacteria. Also the bottled/canned drink industry really needs to take responsibility of the waste from it, recycling centers cannot keep up with it, so drink companies need to build their own recycle centers and close the loop.

Don't blame the drink industry - it lies with the people buying and drinking it. If we do not purchase

production will cease. Same with the cigarettes. My poison is mostly Aussie wines (every day too), even drink it when overseas.

 

I was blaming the drink industry for not closing the loop on their bottles and cans, we cannot keep up with the waste and they make no contribution to recycling despite the profits they make. People are not stopping drinking these products so something has to be done, it contributes to most of the waste that is going to landfill now because China is no longer taking recyling products and Australia is not set up to do it. This is where the manufactures have to take some responibility.

Adam's Ale is best for us all in reality.  I llike mine with ice day or night even in depths of winter. 

Agree with you Cowboy. We all need to take responsibility. Witchhunts for people or companies to blame for our "vices" are just symptoms of delusion and show a pattern of behaviour that will neither do ourselves or others any good.

It is so easy for consumers of anything to avoid responsibility. Poisonous foods and drinks, drugs, traded sex whatever. No trade in these things occur where consumers take responsibility.

The role of governments is to show leadership ie. give good advice, the role of people is to take responsibility. 

Problem is Jaid that companies are spreading lies all the time to convince you to buy their products and tell you it is healthy when it is not. 

Lying is one thing and probably usually involves some sort of gain, but lying for financial gain is definitely despicable. When it involves damage to consumers it is fair game for the courts. 

Lying is one thing and probably usually involves some sort of gain, but lying for financial gain is definitely despicable. When it involves damage to consumers it is fair game for the courts. 

Whn I feel like having a can of coke, I use those mini cans. Better the sugar in small amounts than the artificial sweeteners.

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