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03 September 2019

New study does not provide evidence of cause

A new study reports a possible association between higher consumption of soft drinks and an increased risk of mortality.

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. The soft drinks industry recognises it has a role to play in helping to tackle obesity which is why we have led the way in calorie and sugar reduction.

“Soft drinks is the only category to have already hit Public Health England’s calorie-reduction target of 20% by 2020, and Kantar Worldpanel data shows overall sugar intake from soft drinks was down by 30.4% between May 2015 and May 2019.

“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.”