You probably don’t need anyone to tell you that opting for sugary soft drinks isn’t the best drink choice when it comes to your health. They can take a harm your heart healththey can wear out your teethand they may even have a negative impact on fertilityamong other problems.
Now, a new study reveals that sugary drinks may increase your risk of dying from colorectal cancer.
In the study published in Je American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, among other institutions, examined a group of more than 120,000 participants in two prospective cohort studies in the United States. They compared data on colorectal cancer incidence and deaths from the disease with information on the amount of sugary drinks participants consumed and the amount of fructose in their diet.
“Consumption of SSB and total fructose was associated with increased incidence and mortality of proximal colon cancer, particularly during the later stages of tumorigenesis,” the study authors wrote. “While requiring confirmation in other large cohorts, these observational data support findings from a recent animal study that suggested a direct tumor-enhancing role of dietary sugars in colorectal tumorigenesis.”
In other words, drinking these beverages was linked to a higher risk of getting proximal colon cancer (i.e. cancer in the first and middle part of the colon) and dying from these. cancers, especially when tumor formation is already well below. way. While the researchers note that more studies are needed over long periods of time, sugary soft drinks certainly seem to make colorectal cancer tumors worse.
You don’t need to worry so much if you drank a lot of soda as a child, but you drink it less often in your adult life. The study found that recent consumption of sugary drinks (within the past 10 years) was linked to increased risk in a way that past consumption was not. However, if you drink soda every day, you may want to reduce your intake.
“Our findings provide further support for current dietary guidelines and policies aimed at limiting the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to improve the health of the general population,” the study authors noted.
Plus, colorectal cancer isn’t the only type of cancer that sugary drinks have been linked to. Previous studies have shown that they are also associated with a higher risk of contracting liver cancer. Additionally, they could put you at greater risk of pancreatic cancerand they can increase your chances of getting endometrial canceramong other types of cancer.
If you’re looking to cut back on soda and want healthier options instead, consider these 25 Healthy, Low-Sugar Soda Alternatives.
Clara Olshansky (they/she) is a Brooklyn-based writer and comedian whose web content has appeared in Food & Wine, Harper’s Magazine, Men’s Health, and Reductress. Read more