Study Shows That Drinking Juice Or Soda Daily Increases Cancer Risk

Leslie Hanson
July 12, 2019

The results showed that a 100 millilitre (ml) a day increase in consumption of sugary drinks was linked to an 18% increased risk of overall cancer and a 22% increased risk of breast cancer.

Among women, researchers found a 22pc increased risk of breast cancer.

But they said their findings showed an association and could not prove that sugary drinks definitely caused cancer.

That's according to a new study published Wednesday in the medical journal BMJ.

The study, carried out in France, is the first substantial piece of research to find a specific association between sugar and cancer.

The researchers tracked 97 beverages and 12 artificially sweetened ones, including carbonated ones, sports drinks, syrups and pure fruit juices. Over 100,000 adults participated in the survey and the average age of the participants were 42 years old, with about 79% of whom were women.

Based on the data, the study found that drinking sugary beverages every day - including 100-percent fruit juice and other sweet liquids - was associated with higher rates of cancer, particularly breast cancer at 693 out of 2,193 cancer cases, prostate cancer at 291 cases, and colorectal cancer at 166 cases.

Sugary drinks have increased in popularity all around the world and these drinks have already been linked to obesity.


"This large, well-designed study adds to the existing evidence that consumption of sugary drinks may be associated with increased risk of some cancers", Graham Wheeler, from Cancer Research UK said. Participants were followed up with for up nine years. "White grape juice and apple juice are very high in sugar, and that's essentially the same as drinking a soda", Vasanti Malik, a nutrition researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who was not involved in the new study, told Business Insider.

Speaking on behalf of the British Fruit Juice Association, registered dietitian Helen Bond said: "The findings of this observational study completely contradict previous clinical trials on 100% fruit juice which makes me suspect that participants were not correctly reporting their consumption of 100% fruit juice".

So "it's not so surprising" that all of these types of sugary drinks appear to be linked with cancer, she added.

But Touvier noted that when you compare the amount of sugar in a serving of fruit juice to soda, the drinks are remarkably alike, so it shouldn't be a shock that juices might hurt our long-term health.

"It's important for people to know that all beverages - either with sugar or without are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet", Danielle Smotkin, a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association said in a statement.

But, alternatively, people who drink the most sugary drinks could have other unhealthy behaviours (eating more salt and calories than then rest, for example) that raise their cancer risk and the sugary drinks themselves could be irrelevant.

"Sugary drinks are known to be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, overweight, obesity and diabetes", said Dr Touvier.

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