Letter by Mullie et al Regarding Article, “Estimated Global, Regional, and National Disease Burdens Related to Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in 2010”
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To the Editor:
In their study on mortality, diabetes mellitus, and cancer, Singh et al1 concluded that worldwide >180 000 deaths could be attributed to sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption. To calculate the attributable deaths, data were derived from prospective cohort studies that examined associations between SSB intake and risks of premature death. Such an approach focusing on a single exposure was successful in the past, when behaviors like smoking had an impact on cancer occurrence and cardiovascular diseases. However, this reductionist approach has strong limitations in nutritional …