Fruit juice is just another soda as study suggests cancer link

A small glass of juice or soda a day is linked to increased risk of cancer study finds

A small glass of juice or soda a day is linked to increased risk of cancer study finds

The participants were engaged in the study for up to nine years and they were required to answer two 24-hour certified dietary questionnaires online.

They found that just a 100ml increase per day of sugary drinks was associated with an 18 per cent increased risk of cancer, and with a 22 per cent increase in breast cancer.

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

The study's observational design means it can show patterns in the data it collects but cannot prove a definitive link between cause and effect, which means scientists could not say that consuming sugary drinks causes cancer.

The research, however, found no link between diet beverages and cancer, although the authors warned the finding should be interpreted with caution, because diet beverages had a relatively low consumption rate among the study participants.

"Surprisingly perhaps, the increased risk of cancer in heavier consumers of sugary drinks was observed even among consumers of pure fruit juice - this warrants more research", Johnson told the Science Media Centre in the UK.

"If you consume from time to time a sugary drink it won't be a problem, but if you drink at least one glass a day it can raise the risk of several diseases - here, maybe cancer, but also with a high level of evidence, cardiometabolic diseases". The questionnaire also included counting their daily sugar intake as well as the amount of artificially sweetened beverages and 100% fruit juices.

Catherine Collins, an NHS dietitian, said the "take home message is the absence of cancer risk in using diet drinks containing artificial sweeteners".

Touvier suggested that people should stick to public health guidelines that recommend limiting sugary drinks to a maximum of one glass a day.

Gavin Partington, director-general of the British Soft Drinks Association, said the study "does not provide evidence of cause, as the authors readily admit".

He added: "Participants were followed on average for about five years, and 22 participants per 1,000 developed some form of cancer". The findings may also taint the image of fruit juices, which are often perceived - and promoted - as healthy.

PARIS, July 11 ― Consumption of sugary drinks such as soda and fruit juice is linked to a higher risk of developing certain kinds of cancer, researchers reported today.

"More research is needed to understand if there is a direct link between sugary drinks and cancer", she added.

On average, men consumed more sugary drinks than women - 90.3 ml daily compared to 74.6 ml. Risk factors for cancer, such as age, sex, educational level, family history of cancer, smoking status and physical activity, were considered in the study.

During a follow-up, researchers found 2,193 cases of cancer were diagnosed, the average age at diagnosis being 59 years. Of these, 693 were breast cancers, 291 were prostate cancer cases and 166 were colorectal cancers.

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