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ABC News reports on a Harvard School of Public Health study suggesting that sugary drinks are responsible for 180,000 deaths each year around the world, including 25,000 annually in the US. The study says that "using data from national health surveys around the world, the team tied sugar-sweetened beverages to 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 44,000 deaths from cardiovascular diseases and 6,000 deaths from cancer in 2010," and "adds to mounting evidence that sugar-sweetened beverages, loaded with calories that carry little nutritional value, are a public health hazard."

Nonsense, responds the beverage industry.

The American Beverage Association has responded to the study by calling it "more about sensationalism than science ... The researchers make a huge leap when they take beverage intake calculations from around the globe and allege that those beverages are the cause of deaths which the authors themselves acknowledge are due to chronic disease."
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