London - Just two glasses of diet drink a day increases the risk of an early death, a World Health Organisation study has shown.
Research involving more than 450 000 adults in ten countries found that daily consumption of all types of soft drinks was linked with a higher chance of dying young.
But the rates for those drinking artificially-sweetened beverages were significantly higher than those consuming full sugar versions.
The scientists, from the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, said it would be ‘prudent’ to cut out all soft drinks and have water instead.
The research is the largest study to examine links between soft drink consumption and mortality.