Studies have shown that the consumption of sweet drinks is associated with the risk of developing cancer.
Washington: The consumption of sweet drinks such as soda and fruit juice is associated with a higher risk of developing some types of cancers, researchers say on Thursday.
In recent decades, the consumption of sweet drinks has been blamed around the world, and high-calorie drinks have already been associated with an increased risk of obesity – and this is recognized as a leading risk factor for cancer.
A group of researchers in France wanted to assess the association between increased intake of sweet drinks and the risks of general cancer, as well as several types of cancer, including breast cancer, prostate and intestine.
They surveyed over 100 thousand adults, the average age of which was 42 years, of which 79 per cent – women.
The participants, who have been observing for at least nineteen years, completed at least two 24-hour online checked diets by counting their daily intake of sugar and artificially sweetened beverages as well as 100% fruit juices.
Researchers measured the daily intake of sweet beverages over dietary drinks and compared them with cancer cases in participants' medical records during the observation period. They found that only 100 ml of sugar beverages per day was associated with an 18% increased risk of cancer and a 22% increase in breast cancer.
Both sugar and fruit juices found such a high-risk association. During further follow-up, researchers found that 2193 cases of cancer were diagnosed, with an average age of 59 years.
The authors of the study, which appeared in BMJ's medical journal, emphasized that their work is based on observation and therefore can not determine the cause of the cancer's prediction. But the size of the sample was large and they were adjusted for a number of other influential factors.
His authors suggested that, based on their findings, the taxation of sugary products could have a significant impact on the level of cancer. "This large, well thought-out study adds to existing evidence that the consumption of sweet drinks may be associated with an increased risk for some types of cancers," said Greem Wheeler, a senior British cancer research statistician.