Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Sugary drinks hike cancer risk

Sugary drinks hike cancer risk

A recent experiment, commissioned by Channel NewsAsia, revealed that bubble tea contains more sugar than a regular serving of soda, placing everyone's favorite beverage among the very top of the sugary drink hierarchy.

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.

How big is the cancer risk?

For every 1,000 of us in the be aware, there own been 22 cancers.

In the extensive study French researchers examined 3300 food and drink items over a maximum of nine years in 100,000 participants. During this time a total of 2193 cases of cancers were detected of which 693 were breast cancers, 291 were prostrate cancers and 166 were colon and rectum cancers.

Image copyright Getty Images Is this definitive proof?

The new study is likely to reignite the debate as to whether policy makers should discourage consumption of fruit juices. No association was found for prostate and colorectal cancers, but numbers of cases were more limited for these cancer locations.

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

The new study, published in the British Medical Journal, analysed data from 101,257 people with an average age of 42 at the start of the study and were typically followed up for five years.

The study authors from Sorbonne Paris Cité University aimed to assess any associations between drinking sugary drinks, artificially-sweetened beverages and the risk of cancer.

Is this just about obesity?

"High sugary drinks consumption is a risk factor for obesity and weight gain", she said, and, "obesity is in itself a risk factor for cancer".

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However, the study said it was not the whole story.

Results revealed that there was a positive association between the cancers and excess consumption of the sugary drinks.

They also suggest some chemicals in the beverages, such as those that give an appealing colour, may be to blame.

The research comes as the Australian Medical Association Queensland president Dr Dilip Dhupelia calls for a shock tactics like those used in the anti-smoking campaign to tackle the rising obesity scourge in the state.

Touvier said her team observed that sugar seemed to be the main driver of the link.

What do the researchers say?

That does not mean nobody should ever drink them.

He said overall sugar intake from soft drinks was down by 29% between May 2015 and May 2019.

What do drinks companies have to say?

The study is observational, so it is not possible for the researchers to state that sugar is a cause of cancer.

"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..."

It comes days after Boris Johnson promised a review of so-called "sin taxes" such as the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, the George Osborne measure which has been credited with forcing widespread reformulation of fizzy drinks away from sugar.

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