Suspect Science | Fruit juice joins the list of cancer-causing foods, new study finds

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The researchers theorized sugar and pesticides on fruit might be some of the reasons why there are higher instances of cancer

Drinking soda doesn’t just threaten to make us fat, it could be linked to a higher risk of cancer, judging from a new study. But here’s the more surprising part: so could fruit juices.

Increased daily consumption of about 3.4 ounces of soda — roughly a third of a can of — was associated with an 18 per cent greater risk of some cancers in a study published in the British Medical Journal. The likelihood of breast tumours alone rose even more, by 22 per cent. When people drank the same amount of unsweetened fruit juice, they were also more likely to develop cancer, the researchers found.

The research, part of a broader effort carried out in France to investigate links between nutrition and health, is one of the first to find a connection between sweet drinks and cancer. The findings may also taint the image of fruit juices, which are often perceived — and promoted — as healthy.

“All beverages — either with sugar or without — are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet,” the American Beverage Institute said in a statement. Beverage companies are working to provide more choices with reduced or no sugar, smaller package sizes and clear calorie information, the industry group said.

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Marthe Fourcade – Bloomberg News – July 11, 2019.

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