If you’re not diabetic, chances are you don’t give much thought to the sugar content in the foods you eat. After all, you don’t need to worry about blood sugar spikes, so why bother, right?
Well, it turns out there’s another reason to be concerned. New research has revealed a dark side to a regular soda habit.
Drinking full-sugar soft drinks doesn’t just potentially put you at an increased risk for diabetes. There’s another soda-linked killer that could shorten your trip to the graveyard.
A study has found a disturbing link between soft drinks and colorectal cancer. And this disease not only can potentially end your life, but it will also ruin it first.
The soft-drink link to colorectal cancer
There are already at least a dozen reasons to avoid sugary soda even if you don’t have diabetes and aren’t at risk for the disease. But the new study nails down what might be the biggest reason of all… an increased risk of colorectal cancer.
It turns out something in sugar-sweetened soft drinks appears to be fueling one of the nation’s deadliest forms of cancer. And if you regularly indulge in soda, you’re likely putting yourself in the danger zone.
The study of nearly 100,000 women tracked for more than two decades finds two servings a day is linked to DOUBLE the odds of colorectal cancers. Every additional serving can raise that risk by another 16 percent.
And don’t forget, a serving isn’t a can or bottle even though most of us treat it that way. Those 16-ounce bottles are typically two servings.
And a 20-ounce bottle is 2.5 servings. That means a single bottle of soda a day with lunch is more than enough to drive up the colorectal cancer risk, as seen in this new study.
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen soft drinks linked to cancer. Other research has tied soda drinking to other forms of cancer already.
For example, one study published last year found women who drink soda five or more times a week are 85 percent more likely to die of breast cancer.
Go with your gut and dump the soda
It’s not entirely clear why soda is linked to a higher risk of colorectal and other cancers. But an educated hunch leads to three good reasons to start with:
- Certain forms of cancer just LOVE sugar. Among those are colorectal cancers. And drinking soda could be giving them the fuel they need to grow and thrive.
- The sugar and other ingredients in soda (and artificial sweeteners in diet drinks) can wreck the microbial balance in your gut. This can set the stage for many health issues, including infections and cancer.
- The brominated vegetable oil and caramel coloring used in many sodas are also potentially linked to higher cancer risk.
We will need more research to pinpoint the exact cause of the rise in colorectal cancer risk in soda drinkers. But no matter the reason, the solution is crystal clear. And that, of course, is to pass on the soft drinks.
But don’t make the mistake of replacing your full-sugar sodas with diet versions. They’re linked to cancer, too, of course. Plus, they’re associated with bunches of other health concerns, including dementia and even weight GAIN.
There are lots of better beverage options to choose from. Those include water (infuse it with citrus or melon for variety), iced tea, coffee, and even an occasional glass of wine.
Don’t let a soda habit send your own risk for colorectal cancer soaring. Swear off the stuff starting today.
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