"People are not aware of the amount of sugars," said Donovan Maycock, nutritionist at Perfect Solutions, a nutrition and weight loss center in San Antonio. "The body was designed to eat an orange, not to drink five oranges." A lot of the healthy nutrients in the fruit have been lost when an orange is turned into juice and replaced with sugar, he noted, so you drink liquid sweets. In addition, juices do not have the same fiber levels as fruits, which can reduce blood pressure and inflammation and help control blood sugar or phytonutrients, natural compounds capable of preventing multiple diseases. (Photo: jeepersmedia / Flickr)

New research has revealed that even a slight increase in the amount of The sugary drinks you consume can increase your risk of cancer.

Drinking about 3.4 ounces of sugary drinks a day was associated with a 22% increase in breast cancer risk and 18% overall, revealed an observational study published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal. A typical soda can contains 12 ounces.

Sweet drinks in the studyInclude 100% fruit juice, soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and hot drinks with more than 5% sugar.

"Given the high consumption of sugary drinks in Western countries, these drinks would represent a modifiable risk factor for cancer prevention, beyond their well-established impact on cardiometabolic health," wrote the authors of the report. 39; study.

The researchers said that the link between sugary drinks and cancer risk could be partly explained by their effect on weight gain, given that obesity is considered a risk factor for many people. types of cancer.

But their results suggest that the relationship was "strongly influenced by sugar content", although other chemical additives may play a role.

The authors of the study noted the need for further research on the subject as it was an observational study that can not prove that sugar beverages are directly responsible for cancer and that other confounding factors can not be excluded.

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Research has found no connection between artificially sweetened beverages and an increased risk of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, studies on artificial sweeteners and cancer arose when studies conducted in the 1970s suggested a possible link with bladder cancer in laboratory animals. However, subsequent studies have revealed no clear evidence of an association with cancer in humans.

The researchers analyzed data collected between 2009 and 2017 from a nutrition survey conducted in France, called NutriNet-Health, among 101,257 healthy adults.

The consumption of sugary drinks was followed with the help of at least two daily diet recall questionnaires designed to measure the intake of 3,300 foods and beverages, including 97 types of sugary drinks.

During the study, nearly 2,200 cases of cancer were diagnosed, including 693 cases of breast cancer.

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Beverage industry groups say that sugary drinks are always safe.

"It's important for people to know that all drinks, whether they're sugar-free or sugar-free, can be safely consumed as part of a balanced diet," said Danielle Smotkin. word of the American Beverage Association.

"That said, leading US beverage companies work together to support consumer efforts to reduce the sugar they consume by offering more choices with less sugar or less sugar, smaller packages and more information. clear on the calories from the start. "

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