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BMJ data suggests link between sugary drinks and cancer

July 11, 2019 / Anna Smith

A study published by The BMJ has reported a possible association between higher consumption of sugary drinks and and an increased risk of cancer. The data comes from a team of researchers based in France, who set out to assess the associations between the consumption of sugary drinks (sugar sweetened beverages and 100% fruit juices), artificially sweetened beverages, and risk of overall cancer, as well as breast, prostate, and bowel cancers. The results show that a 100 ml per day increase in the consumption of sugary drinks was associated with an 18% increased risk of overall cancer and a 22% increased risk of breast cancer. In contrast, the consumption of artificially sweetened (diet) beverages was not associated with a risk of cancer, but the authors warn that caution is needed in interpreting this finding owing to a relatively low consumption level in this sample. Participants completed at least two 24 hour online validated dietary questionnaires, designed to measure usual intake of...