Sugary drinks increase the risk of breast cancer

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Of these, 693 were breast cancers, 291 were prostate cancer cases and 166 were colorectal cancers.

A study published yesterday, on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in The BMJ, a British peer-reviewed academic medical journal originally known as the British Medical Journal, of which its named was shortened back in 1988, titled "Sugary drink consumption and risk of cancer: results from NutriNet-Santé prospective cohort" found that drinking as little as four ounces of sugary drinks per day is tied to a significantly higher incidence of coming down with any type of cancer during the outset of one's life. That means drinking just one-quarter of a can of soda a day can potentially increase your risk of cancer.

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Another possibility is that additives, such as 4-methylimidazole, which is found in drinks that contain caramel coloring, could play a role in cancer formation.

But is it obesity or specifically the sugary drinks that cause cancer?

A spokesperson for the American Beverage Association (ABA) said that leading drinks companies were working together help consumers reduce their sugar consumption. This has been convincingly linked to obesity, which is recognised as a strong risk factor for many cancers. A similar study from roughly two months ago also found that the more people drink sugary beverages, the more likely they are to die prematurely.

The findings are based on 101,257 healthy French adults (21 per cent men; 79 per cent women) with an average age of 42 years.

Using 24-hour online food questionnaires, the researchers assessed the participants' consumption of 3,300 different kinds of foods and drinks.

What they're saying: "The results indicate statistically significant correlations between the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and risk of all cancers combined, and of breast cancer", said Ian Johnson, nutrition researcher and emeritus fellow at Quadram Institute Bioscience, according to CNN.

He said: "Participants were followed on average for about five years, and 22 participants per 1,000 developed some form of cancer".

Several well-known risk factors for cancer, such as age, sex, educational level, family history of cancer, smoking status and physical activity levels, were taken into account. Internationally, Mexico - which has one of the world's highest soda consumption rates - has an 8 cent per litre tax on soft drinks, while the United Kingdom has introduced taxes on soft drinks containing more than 5 grams of sugar per 100ml.

We know that sugar is not good for our health!

"Clearly there is more work to be done and measuring dietary intake is challenging, however, the message from the totality of evidence on excess sugar consumption and various health outcomes is clear - reducing the amount of sugar in our diet is extremely important", Lake told the Science Media Centre in the UK. The researchers pointed out that some of the chemicals in the drink, such as those that make the drink attractive, may also be one of the cancer culprits.