Health & Fitness | May 17, 2019 2:38 pm

Too Much Fruit Juice Linked to Risk of Premature Death

Yes, that includes fruit juice of the 100-percent natural variety

Orange juice
Orange juice might be just as bad for you as soda. (Getty)
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Soda isn’t the only sugary drink that can lead to major health problems. It turns out any and all drinks that contain high levels of sugar — 100-percent natural fruit juices included — can lead to an early demise.

Drinking an “excessive” amount of juice increased the likelihood of this ominous end, CNN reported, by anywhere from 9-42 percent depending on other risk factors (e.g., obesity). It is not clear how much, exactly, qualifies as “excessive,” but we do know that sugars found in natural juices are similar enough to what’s added to soda that the resulting product is virtually just as bad for your health.

“Sugary beverages, whether soft drinks or fruit juices, should be limited,” Jean A. Welsh, an assistant professor at Emory University and co-author of the study, which was published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open, told CNN. “Previous research has shown that high consumption of sugars like those in soft drinks and fruit juices is linked to several cardiovascular disease risk factors.”

The study determined that people who drink 10 percent or more of their calories each day in sugary drinks have a 44 percent greater risk of dying early than those who drank half that amount per day.

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