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High Consumption of Sugary Beverages May Increase Risk of Some Cancers

New research suggests a link between high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and early onset colorectal cancer in women.  Rates of early onset bowel cancer are rising in multiple geographies including the US, Canada, Australia / New Zealand, and parts of Europe and Asia.  The increase is particularly higher among women.  Previously, this was attributed to increased consumption of fatty foods.  A recent study found that higher intake of SSBs in adulthood was associated with a higher risk of bowel cancer.  Women who consumed two or more servings of SSBs a day were found to have a greater risk of the disease per each additional serving per day.  Several action groups have suggested reformulation of the sugary drinks as well as an increased sugar tax.

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Posted on 27 May 2021