A worrying new study has been published suggesting their may be a link between these fizzy drinks and cancer.
The study, outlined in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), says the research showed drinking sugary drinks is ‘significantly associated with the risk of overall cancer.’
The study involved 101,257 participants (21% men; 79% women) all of whom were healthy and aged over 18. The average participant age was 42 years.
To begin with, the participants completed questionnaires that was designed to measure their average intake of 3,300 different kinds of food and beverages.
They were then followed by the research team for up to nine years (from 2009 to 2018) who measured their daily consumption of sugary drinks which included sugar sweetened drinks like cola and 100% fruit juices.
When instances of cancer were first reported to the study, it was validated by medical records and health insurance databases.
It goes on to say that this study was more about observing the link, rather than explaining why it’s there.
‘This is an observational study, so can’t establish cause, and the authors say they cannot rule out some misclassification of beverages or guarantee detection of every new cancer case,’ the authors write.
‘Nevertheless, the study sample was large and they were able to adjust for a wide range of potentially influential factors. What’s more, the results were largely unchanged after further testing, suggesting that the findings withstand scrutiny.’
To validate the results further, the authors say that other large studies of this kind need to be carried out.
In the meantime, they say that for the sake of our collective health, it might not be a bad idea to tax sugary drinks even further.
They conclude: ‘These data support the relevance of existing nutritional recommendations to limit sugary drink consumption, including 100% fruit juice, as well as policy actions, such as taxation and marketing restrictions targeting sugary drinks, which might potentially contribute to the reduction of cancer incidence.’ Share this article via facebook Share this article via twitter Share this article via messenger