"People do not know how much sugar juice is contained," said Donovan Maycock, nutritionist at Perfect Solutions, a center for nutrition and weight loss in San Antonio. "The body should eat an orange, not five oranges." Much of the fruit's healthy nutrients are lost when an orange is made into juice and replaced with sugar. In this way you drink liquid sweets. In addition, juices do not have the same fiber content, which can lower blood pressure and inflammation, and can help control blood sugar levels, or phytonutrients, natural compounds that can prevent multiple diseases. [Photo: jeepersmedia / Flickr]

Recent research has shown that even a small increase in sugary drinks you use can increase your risk of cancer. Sugary drinks were associated with a 22% increased breast cancer risk and a 18% increase in breast cancer risk Overall, cancer risk increased overall, according to an observational study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed British Medical Journal. A typical soda can contains 12 ounces.

Sugary drinks in the study contain 100% fruit juices, soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and hot drinks with more than 5% sugar.

"Given the high consumption of sugary drinks in Western countries, these beverages would represent a variable risk factor for cancer prevention beyond their generally recognized impact on cardiometabolic health," the authors of the study write Weight gain can be explained because obesity is seen as a risk factor for various cancers.

However, their results suggest that the relationship is "strongly driven by sugar," although it is a different chemical. Additives could play a role.

The authors of the study noted that further research on this topic is needed because the study was observational and therefore can not prove that sugary drinks directly cause cancer and other confounding factors can not be ruled out.

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Research revealed no link between artificially sweetened beverages and increased cancer risk. Questions about artificial sweeteners and cancer emerged when studies from the 1970s, according to the National Cancer Institute, suggested a possible association with bladder cancer in laboratory animals. However, later studies did not provide any clear evidence of a link with human cancer.

Researchers analyzed data collected between 2009 and 2017 from a nutrition survey in France called NutriNet-Santé with 101,257 healthy adults.

Consumption of sugary drinks was measured by at least two daily nutrition surveys, which measured the intake of 3,300 foods and drinks, including 97 types of sugary drinks.

During the study, nearly 2,200 cases of cancer were diagnosed, including 693 cases of breast cancer.

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Groups of the beverage industry say that sugary drinks are still drinkable.

"It is important to know that all drinks – either with or without sugar – can be safely consumed as part of a balanced diet," said Danielle Smotkin, spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association, in a statement.

However, America's leading beverage companies are working together to support consumers' efforts to reduce sugar intake in our beverages by offering more choices with less sugar or zero sugar, smaller pack sizes, and less sugar.

Follow N & # 39; s Yancey-Bragg on Twitter: @NdeaYanceyBragg

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