The study, which was presented at the 2022 Nutrition Live online event, looked at a sample of over 90,000 women who drink sugary drinks and those who drank fewer than three a month, reports UPI.
According to data, 7% of participants reported drinking one or more 12-ounce servings of sugar-sweetened drinks per day had a 78% risk of developing cancer. Women who drank at least one soft drink per day had a 73% higher risk, compared with those who never consumed these beverages or drank fewer than three per month.
“Our findings suggest sugar-sweetened beverages are a potentially modifiable risk factor for liver cancer,” said Dr. Xuehong Zhang, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Zhang noted that while the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks has been on the decline, between 2017 and 2018, 65% of white adults reported consuming at least some sweetened drinks on any given day.
“The question is: What are the lifestyles of the people who consume at least one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage a day?” asked senior clinical nutritionist Samantha Heller.
“Is this population more likely to consume less fiber, fewer fruits and vegetables, and more likely to eat more red and processed meat, junk and fast food and less likely to exercise?”
source: New York Post