Do you give your children a glass of juice or soft drink each day? You might want to swap it with water. A study has found possible links between drinking juice or soft drinks daily and cancer.
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Study Links One Glass Of Juice Or Soft Drink Per Day To Cancer
A brand new study has reported that daily intake of juice or soft drink could increase cancer risk by up to 22%.
CNN reported that just 100ml of soft drink or fresh juice per day, less than one glass, increased all forms of cancer risk by 18% and breast cancer risk by 22%. The study followed 100,000 french people over a period of nine years.
Mathilde Touvier, who is the lead author of the study implicated sugar as the primary suspect behind the increased cancer risk. “What we observed was that the main driver of the association seems to be really the sugar contained in these sugary drinks.”
Touvier also implicated additives, such as 4-methylimidazole, as potential drivers for cancer.
However, it should be noted that this study was observational and did not look at cause and effect. It is impossible to say with certainty that sugar or additives increase cancer risk, or whether the participants may have had other underlying health issues or environmental risk factors.
Amelia Lake, reader in public health nutrition at Teesside University weighed in on the findings:
“While this study doesn’t offer a definitive causative answer about sugar and cancer, it does add to the overall picture of the importance of the current drive to reduce our sugar intake.”
Amelia Lake via BBC
Sugar has long been implicated in negative health outcomes such as diabetes, obesity and insulin resistance. Now, it seems there are also growing links to its role in cancer risk.
So what can you replace that sugary glass of juice or soft drink with?
Well, this particular study did not find that drinks with artificial sweeteners had the same negative health impacts.
However, this should be taken with a grain of salt, as many other studies have implicated artificial sweeteners with other negative health outcomes. This study published earlier in the year found that people who consumed artificial sweeteners had an increased risk of clot-based strokes, heart attacks and early death (in women over 50).
Good old water isn’t looking so bad at this point now, is it?
Plant milk, water, sparkling water, herbal tea, and homemade smoothies made with fresh fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and coconut water would be your safest and best options for minimizing negative health consequences and cancer risk. Drop that glass of juice or soft drink and say hello to fresh plant-based smoothies!