Drinking fruit juice increases risk of cancer
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.