There is more bad news for people who love sugary drinks, such as sodas and fruit juices. It turns out that soda is not the only sugary drink bad for health. Researchers have now found a link between drinking a small glass -- 100 ml or a third of every can of soda -- of any sugary drink every day and an 18% increase in overall cancer risk, with a 22% higher risk for breast cancer. The research team studied the consumption of over 100,000 French adults, observing that sugar seemed to be the main reason behind the link, along with additives in fruits. The study, published recently in British Medical Journal, found that people who drink unsweetened fruit juice regularly are also at an increased risk for cancer.
This research study is the first to find a link between sweet drinks -- including fruit juices which are often promoted as healthy -- and cancer. It is part of a broader effort in France to investigate the connection between good nutrition and health. The research team tracked 97 beverages and 12 artificially sweetened ones, including sports drinks, syrups, carbonated beverages and pure fruit juices.
Mathilde Touvier -- lead author of the study and the research director of the Nutritional Epidemiology Research Team of the National Health and Medical Research Institute at the Paris 13 University -- talked about the findings, saying that they add to previous research which shows that reducing the consumption of sweetened beverages is beneficial for health. She said that the “main driver of the association seems to be really the sugar contained in these sugary drinks." and that "high sugary drinks consumption is a risk factor for obesity and weight gain.'' She suggested that people should follow public health guidelines which suggest restricting the consumption of sugar drinks to a maximum of one glass in a day.