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Sugary Drinks Raise the Risk of Cancer

A survey done showed that the consumption of sugary drinks in the last couple of decades has increased on a global scale, up about 40% from 1990 to 2016.

Health officials warn against consuming too many “sugary drinks,” they are giving examples to those drinks made with added sugar, like pop or soda, artificial juices, energy drinks and sweetened teas. Nevertheless, research from a new scientific study proposed that even 100% fruit juice, which is naturally high in sugar, could also be problematic when it comes to risk of cancer and other disease developments.

What are the negative effects of sugary drinks, according to the latest research?

In a study done in 2010, researchers estimated that within all global yearly deaths from diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases, about 178,000 were related to sugary drink consumption.

Research in the recent years has shown that drinking beverages high in sugar content can put you at greater risk for cancers including breast, pancreas, gallbladder and endometrial cancer.

The Study: Sugary Drinks Raise Risk of Cancer

Results from the NutriNet-Santé study, which the Journal reported in July 2019, focused on investigating whether drinks with high sugar content could raise participants’ cancer risk. The goal of the research study was to “assess the associations between the consumption of sugary drinks (such as sugar sweetened beverages and 100 percent fruit juices), artificially sweetened beverages, and the risk of cancer.”

When the researcher analyzed the results from the study, it was concluded that if you increase your consumption of sugary drinks to 100 mL (or 3.4 ounces) per day, it was associated with about an 18% increased risk of overall cancer and a 22% increased risk of breast cancer.

Shown by the BMJ article, the results examined that consumption of sugary drinks was notably associated with the general risk of cancer and breast cancer. Nevertheless, the consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was not associated with the risk of cancer shown by the study.

What Are Some Healthy Swaps to Sugary Drinks?

Drinking water is the most recommended way to stay hydrated. Water contains zero calories, has no sugar and is essential for overall health.

Some of the best healthy drinks that make great swap to sugary beverages:

  • Water, you can add fruit slices or lemon/lime juice it enhance the taste
  • Coconut water with no sugar
  • Unsweetened coffee
  • Unsweetened teas (green tea, white tea, black tea, herbal teas like turmeric tea or peppermint tea, etc.)
  • Fresh squeezed vegetable juices
  • Homemade Bone broth
  • Kombucha with the mother / no added sugar