Fruit Juice Linked to a Higher Cancer Risk

Fruit Juice Linked to a Higher Cancer Risk

Consumption of sugary drinks such as soda and fruit juice is linked to a higher risk of developing certain kinds of cancer, researchers reported on Thursday.

It also reportedly increases the risk for breast cancer by 22 percent.

Of note, even sugary drinks with lower sugar content were associated with cancer in this study, probably because they were consumed in higher amounts than sugary drinks with higher sugar content, said the authors.

The study, conducted by the French Public Health Agency and the Nutritional Epidemiology Research Team (EREN) and published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), looked at 100% fruit juices compared to other other sugary beverages more typically considered unhealthy such as cola, lemonade and energy drinks. Among the 101,257 participants, 79 percent were women and 21 percent of them were men.

Average daily consumption of sugary drinks was greater in men than in women (90.3 mL v 74.6 mL, respectively). For every extra 100ml per day consumed on top of this, a person's cancer risk rose by 18 per cent for all cancers and, among women, by 22 per cent for breast cancer.

Drinking soda doesn't just threaten to make us fat, it could be linked to a higher risk of cancer, judging from a new study.

People who consume a lot of sugary drinks have a higher risk of developing cancer, although the evidence can not establish a direct causal link, researchers said yesterday.

The study uncovered links between the consumption of sugary drinks and the risk of cancer in general, and for breast cancer specifically.

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Sugary drinks are associated with obesity and related problems.

For prostate and colorectal cancers, no link was found, but the researchers said this might have been because the numbers of these cancers among the study participants were limited.

Experts said increase intake of sugary drinks may indicate an overall poor diet, that could also be raising the risk of obesity and related health conditions.

Touvier suggested it was best to limit sugary drinks to a maximum of one glass a day if they can't be avoided.

Pesticides in fruit juices and artificial sweeteners like aspartame are also known carcinogens. Participants were followed up with for up nine years.

The researchers defined it as a drink with more than 5% sugar. "Obesity is in itself a risk factor for cancer", Touvier explained. Results were not significant for sweetened soda but were confirmed for 100% fruit juices.

He added: "Soft drinks are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet".

It comes days after Boris Johnson promised a review of so-called "sin taxes" such as the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, the George Osborne measure which has been credited with forcing widespread reformulation of fizzy drinks away from sugar. "That said, America's leading beverage companies are working together to support consumer's efforts to reduce the sugar they consume from our beverages by providing more choices with less sugar or zero sugar, smaller package sizes and clear calorie information right up front".

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