Sugary drink consumption and risk of cancer: Results from NutriNet-Santé prospective cohort

BMJ Jul 15, 2019

Chazelas E, et al. - Via a population-based prospective cohort study involving 101,257 adults from the French NutriNet-Santé cohort, researchers evaluated the correlations between the sugary drink consumption (eg, sugar-sweetened beverages and 100% fruit juices), artificially sweetened beverages, and the risk of cancer. Sugary drink consumption and artificially sweetened beverages were evaluated through repeated 24-hour dietary records for 3,300 different food and beverage items. In all, the investigators noted a significant correlation between the consumption of sugary drinks and the risks of overall cancer and breast cancer. They did not, however, identify any relation between the consumption of artificially sweetened beverages and the risk of cancer. In addition, the intake of 100% fruit juice was markedly correlated with the risk of overall cancer in specific sub-analyses. The risk of overall cancer and 100% fruit juices were also positively related to each other. The authors recommended replicating these outcomes in other large-scale prospective studies, and indicated that sugary drinks, which are widely consumed in Western countries, may signify a modifiable risk factor for cancer prevention.

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