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Researchers warn of fruit juices



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Anyone who has given up sodas for fruit juice in the name of health may want to pay attention to a new study published in the British Medical Journal. Researchers say modest daily consumption of any sugary beverage is linked to a higher risk of cancer, reports CNN. The study shows that people who drink 100 ml (about 3.4 ounces) a day, or the equivalent of just under a third of a can of soda , are 18% more likely to develop cancer. The study is observational, that is to say it only highlights the association, without explaining or establishing the causality, according to the BBC. The researchers followed more than 100,000 adults in France for nine years and found no difference in risk between sodas and even "100% fruit juice". For the purposes of this study, any beverage containing at least 5% sugar is a "sweet drink".

"The main driver of the association seems to be sugar, so when we look at the sugar content per 100 ml, the ordinary Coca-Cola or the 100% orange juice, for example, are almost identical," says the researcher. Principal Mathilde Touvier. "So it's not so strange that we observe this association for fruit juices." The researchers suggest that the impact on blood sugar is a possibility. The research team found no link between cancer and drinks containing artificial sweeteners, although the number is too small to be significant, reports the report. guardian. Touvier says the researchers do not recommend people to stop drinking fruit juice or other sugary drinks. Drinking a glass "from time to time … will not be a problem, but if you drink at least one drink a day, it can increase the risk of getting several diseases," she says. (Read more stories of sweet drinks.)

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