Study Links Sugary Drinks To Cancer

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 14, 2019

The research, which looked at more than 100,000 French adults, links consumption of sugary drinks to an increased risk of some cancers. Researchers say beverages with more than 5% sugar are sugary drinks.

For those people who drank the most fruit juice or sugary drinks, at 185.8ml per day on average, consuming an extra 100ml per day - just over a large 250ml glass of fruit juice - was linked to a 30% increased risk of all cancers. A result that does not prove the connection of cause and effect, but which demonstrates a "significant association", they explain. While cautious interpretation is needed, the findings add to a growing body of evidence indicating that limiting sugary drink consumption, together with taxation and marketing restrictions, might contribute to a reduction in cancer cases.

Alcohol consumption plays an important role in getting various cancer types.

The drinks they examined included "sugar-sweetened beverages" such as soft drinks, syrups, fruit drinks, 100% fruit juices without any added sugar, milk-based sugary drinks, sports drinks, and energy drinks.

Danielle Smotkin, a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association, contended in a statement that beverages, either with sugar or without are still safe to consume, as part of a balanced diet. Eloi Chazelas, from the Sorbonne Paris Cité Epidemiology and Statistics Research Center in France, is the first author of the study. The authors warned that this finding should be interpreted with caution, as this type of beverage had a relatively low consumption among the study participants.

Obesity can lead to certain cancers, and excessive consumption of sugary drinks increases the chances of weight gain.

"All current sweeteners in use have been through rigorous safety testing before being acceptable for human use", said Collins, who was not involved in the study.

Participants completed at least two 24-hour online validated dietary questionnaires, created to measure usual intake of 3,300 different food and beverage items and were followed up for a maximum of nine years.

Daily consumption of sugary drinks - sugar-sweetened beverages and 100% fruit juices - and artificially sweetened or diet beverages were calculated and first cases of cancer reported by participants were validated by medical records and linked with health insurance national databases.

Susannah Brown, acting head of research interpretation at the World Cancer Research Fund, said the charity's own research had shown a link between obesity - which is associated with drinking too many sugary drinks - and cancer. Scientists have, however, taken into account socio-demographic and lifestyle data of volunteers (age, sex, alcohol consumption, level of education, physical activity, etc.).

He said: "Participants were followed on average for about five years, and 22 participants per 1,000 developed some form of cancer". Mr. Touvier went on to say in a recent interview that accompanied the study's publication that sugar was the overwhelmingly primary driver of boosting people's risks of getting diagnosed with cancer, rather than any other ingredients found in modern sugary drinks.

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