Drinking fizzy drinks like Coca Cola every day could increase your risk of dying young, according to a new report.
Two cans of regular coke can increase the risk of early death by a third.
Sugar-laden drinks also increase the risk of early death from any cause by a fifth and are also fuelling rising cancer rates, Harvard experts say.
However, if you are thinking about switching to a diet version, you may want to think about that, too.
Swapping to Diet Coke, or any brand diet drink, is better but drink more than four a day and you are still at risk, according to The Sun.
Previous studies have shown that ix common artificial sweeteners — aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, neotame, advantame and acesulfame potassium-k — have all been found to be toxic to gut bacteria.
They have also been associated with weight gain, slashing the chances of getting pregnant during IVF, tripling the risk of a deadly stroke and dementia, and raising the risk of developing diabetes.
Experts say the best thing to do is “Drink water in place of sugary drinks is a healthy choice that could contribute to longevity.
“Diet soda may be used to help frequent consumers of sugary drinks cut back their consumption, but water is the best and healthiest choice.”
The new study, published in Circulation, looked at data from 80,647 women and 37,716 men who had answered questionnaires about lifestyle factors every two years.