Press releases

04 May 2021

Soft drinks are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet

A new systematic review/meta-analysis claims that high consumption of both sugar-sweetened and artificially-sweetened soft drinks “shows significant associations with a higher risk of CVD mortality and all-cause mortality.”

In response, the British Soft Drinks Association's Director General Gavin Partington said: 

“This study does not provide evidence of cause and also contains a number of limitations, as the authors readily admit.

 “Soft drinks are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet. The sector recognises it has a role to play in helping to tackle obesity which is why soft drinks manufacturers have led the way in reformulation work. Kantar Worldpanel data shows that take-home sugar from soft drinks in the UK was down by 43.5% between March 2014 and March 2020.

 “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. In 2017, the UK Government and Public Health England publicly endorsed the use of low- and no-calorie sweeteners as a safe alternative to sugar.”