Study finds soft drinks not linked to cancer

January 10, 2006 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News

Study finds soft drinks not linked to cancer
According to researchers at Yale University, fizzy soft drinks do not appear to be linked to esophageal cancer as previously thought.

While it has long been suspected that soft drinks may be responsible for the 350 per cent increase in rates of cancer of the esophagus since the mid-1970's, researchers now say there is no link.

Researchers conducted full dietary interviews for over 1000 cancer patients and 600 control patients during the study period.

While soft drinks have been linked with reflux actions in the lower esophagus, this study suggests the drinks are not responsible for the spike in cancer rates. These latest findings have been published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

While this may come as good news for soft drink companies, soft drinks are still linked to obesity and a recent study suggested they may also cause an increased risk of hypertension.

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