Its high consumption is not only related to a higher risk of fat accumulation, with a higher risk of obesity or higher incidence of diseases such as diabetes, but also affects our oral health and could even favor the risk of cell aging.
Now, new research finds that frequent consumption of sugary drinks, including fruit juices, could have some correlation with the risk of cancer – of any kind – and, specifically, breast cancer.
One of the main things to keep in mind when putting these results into perspective is that no food, by itself, will generate or cure a disease. What they can generate is an increase or reduction in the risk we have of suffering from a specific disease.
In this case, the researchers had data from 101,257 participants with an average age of 42 years. 21% of the participants were men, while 79% were women, which is interesting to keep in mind. These participants reported their consumption of up to 3000 foods and were followed for 9 years.
What the researchers found was a positive correlation between the consumption of sugary drinks – including juices -, with the highest risk of suffering from all types of cancer and breast cancer. Specifically, a 100ml increase in the consumption of sugary drinks was associated with an 18% higher risk of cancer in general and a 22% higher risk of breast cancer.
In any case, when interpreting these results, we must remember that it is an observational and self-reported investigation, so no cause can be established. That is, it cannot be confirmed that the consumption of sugary drinks increases cancer cases. In any case, it is a new study that finds a certain relationship between the consumption of these drinks and health problems.
Reducing our consumption of sugary drinks and soft drinks could, in a very simple way, help us prevent certain diseases.