Everyone likes having something sugary from time to time, there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, these soluble carbohydrates can be found in a variety of forms in many of your daily foods. But what happens when you indulge too much?
This is exactly the answer a recent study sought to find out.
More than 22.000 participants from the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial were surveyed between 1993 and 2001. These were men with ages from 55 to 74 from several centers in Alabama, Colorado, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington DC. After a median follow-up of 9 years, 1996 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Compiled results were quite intriguing, showing a clear connection between refined sugars and risk of cancer. “Increased consumption of sugars from sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with increased risk of prostate cancer for men in the highest quartile of sugar consumption (HR: 1·21; 95 % CI 1·06, 1·39”.
Even more surprising was the fact that “there were no linear associations between prostate cancer risk and consumption of sugars from fruit juices or dessert foods”. Naturally occurring sugars in fruit, fructose, seem to not have the same effect.
The article concluded that “Consumption of sugars from sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with increased risk of prostate cancer among men receiving standard medical care. Our study suggests that limiting intake of sugars from beverages may be important in the prevention of prostate cancer”.
In case you needed another reason to cut down on sugary beverages, here it is. If you still have an urge for something sweet to drink, just opt for some natural fruit juice.