Drink­ing fruit juice in­creases risk of can­cer

The Daily Telegraph - - Front page - Health Cor­re­spon­dent By Henry Bod­kin

DRINK­ING two glasses of fruit juice a day may in­crease the risk of can­cer by more than 50 per cent, a study has sug­gested.

The anal­y­sis of more than 100,000 adults re­vealed par­tic­u­larly strong cor­re­la­tions be­tween fruit juice con­sump­tion and breast can­cer. While re­cent public health cam­paigns have fo­cused largely on the risks from fizzy drinks, the new find­ings, pub­lished in the BMJ, pro­vide ar­guably the strong­est ev­i­dence yet that fruit juices – also high in sugar – are com­pa­ra­bly dan­ger­ous.

Fruit juice counts as one of a per­son’s rec­om­mended five por­tions of fruit and veg­eta­bles a day, ac­cord­ing to NHS ad­vice. Fruit juices are cur­rently ex- empt from the so-called sugar tax, which came into force last year.

The French Public Health Agency study en­rolled 101,257 healthy adults with an av­er­age age of 42, analysing their di­etary habits and record­ing any in­stances of can­cer for up to nine years.

Sci­en­tists looked for cor­re­la­tions

be­tween var­i­ous forms of can­cer and con­sump­tion of fruit juice, tra­di­tional fizzy drinks and ar­ti­fi­cially sweet­ened or “diet” fizzy drinks.

They found that daily con­sump­tion of 100ml of fruit juice was linked to a 12 per cent in­creased risk from can­cer over­all, and a 15 per cent in­creased risk of breast can­cer.

The same vol­ume of tra­di­tional fizzy drink in­creased the over­all can­cer risk by 18 per cent and the breast can­cer risk by 22 per cent. Dr Matilde Tou­vier, who led the re­search, says it sug­gests the in­creased risk from can­cer grows in pro­por­tion to the vol­ume of sug­ary liq­uid.

This means that if a per­son drinks two glasses – 250ml each – of fruit juice per day, their added risk of can­cer over­all would be above 50 per cent more than that of some­one who drank none.

There was no cor­re­la­tion be­tween ar­ti­fi­cially sweet­ened drinks and can­cer.

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