Consuming sugary drinks could be worse for our health than we previously thought, according to the results of a new study, conducted over 10 years.
The research was done by a French team, who wanted to discover if there is a link between consuming sugary drinks and the risk of cancer. Mathilde Touvier the lead author of the study says that in order to be healthy, it is essential that we limit the amount of sugary drinks we consume daily. And that the risk associated with these comes from the large amount of sugar they contain. Touvier is also the research director of the Nutritional Epidemiology Research Team of the National Health and Medical Research Institute at the Paris 13 University.
"The results indicate statistically significant correlations between the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and risk of all cancers combined, and of breast cancer," said Ian Johnson, nutrition researcher and emeritus fellow, Quadram Institute Bioscience, quoted by CNN. Johnson wasn't involved in the research but validated the results to the Science Media Centre in the UK.
Consuming sugary drinks, how much is too much?
"High sugary drinks consumption is a risk factor for obesity and weight gain," she said. "Obesity is in itself a risk factor for cancer," she added.
How many sugary drinks can we have and still feel safe? Touvier thinks the maximum should be one glass a day.
The research had 101,257 French subjects, all healthy adults, with an average age of 42. Of those, 79 percent are women and 21 percent are men. The participants filled out two questionnaires and were monitored over nine years. Their habits when it comes to consuming sugary drinks, but also their diet, were analyzed by the researchers.
2,193 cases of cancer were then reported by the study participants. The disease was diagnosed at an average age of 59 years. Of these, 693 were breast cancer cases, 291 prostate cancer cases, and 166 colorectal cancer cases.
It is important to note that not only processed beverages are bad for your health, but also the freshly squeezed juices you make at home.