July 11, 2019-
Sugary drinks like orange juice or soda may increase the risk of contracting cancer, French scientists have claimed. In a study published Wednesday, researchers from Sorbonne Paris Cite University, said the consumption of sugary soft drinks — including 100% fruit juice — was “significantly associated with the risk of overall cancer.” Artificially-sweetened drinks, like diet soda, were not associated with increased cancer risks, they found. The report’s authors followed 101,257 adults over a five-year period, monitoring their intake of sugary and artificially-sweetened beverages.
Sugary drinks were defined as beverages that contained more than 5% sugar, which included fruit juices that had no added sugar. During the study, 2,193 cases of cancer were diagnosed among the participants, the equivalent of around 22 cases per 1,000 people. The majority of those cases were among people who regularly consumed sugary drinks. However, the report’s authors noted that further investigations were needed to solidify the significance of their findings. “These results need replication in other large scale prospective studies. They suggest that sugary drinks, which are widely consumed in Western countries, might represent a modifiable risk factor for cancer prevention,” they said.