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In this archival photo of December 25, 2018, a person uses a soda fountain dispenser in the Back Bowl bowling hall of Eagle, Colorado.
SALT LAKE CITY – According to a new study, soda and fruit juice consumption has been associated with an increased risk of cancer.
The new study found that the consumption of a small glass – 100 ml, about a third of a can of soda – of a sweet drink, such as a fruit juice or a soda, resulted in an 18% increase in the risk of cancer and 22% in the risk of breast cancer.
Yes, but: The researchers could only observe the effects, not establish the cause and effect.
- "The study found links between the consumption of sugary drinks and the risk of cancer in general, and in particular for breast cancer," according to the WebMD report on the study. "The researchers found no association between sugary drinks and prostate or colon cancers, but the authors pointed out that too few people in the study were developing these cancers to make this result permanent."
Method: The research team collected data from 100,000 French men and women whose average age was 42 years. Participants answered questions about the amount of over 3,000 foods and drinks they ate each day. Participants were asked about these questions for nine years (from 2009 to 2018).
What they say: "The results indicate statistically significant correlations between the consumption of sugary drinks and the risk of all cancers combined, and breast cancer," said Ian Johnson, a nutrition researcher and researcher emeritus at Quadram Institute Bioscience, according to CNN. "Surprisingly perhaps, the increased risk of cancer among heavy consumers of sugary drinks has been observed even among consumers of pure fruit juice – this deserves more research."
- "What we have observed is that the main driver of the association seems to be actually the sugar contained in these sugary drinks," said Mathilde Touvier, lead author of the study, according to CNN. . "High consumption of sugary drinks is a risk factor for obesity and weight gain.Obsence is in itself a risk factor for cancer."
- "It's important for people to know that all drinks, whether they contain sugar or not, can be safely consumed as part of a balanced diet," said Danielle Smotkin, word of the American Beverage Association. "That said, the major US beverage companies are working together to support consumer efforts to reduce the sugar consumed by our beverages by offering more choices with less sugar or no sugar, smaller packages and clear information on calories from the start. "
Back to back: A study published in February found that daily consumption of at least two artificially sweetened beverages could lead to an increase in strokes and heart attacks. As I wrote, the risk was 16% higher for those who had diet sodas compared to those who did not have any.