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Letters Sugary drinks and cancer risk

Sugary drinks and cancer risk: more to diet than just sugar

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 12 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5095
  1. David Benton, professor,
  2. Hayley A Young, associate professor
  1. Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK
  1. d.benton{at}

Chazelas and colleagues report that sugar intake, including fruit juice, is associated with a higher incidence of cancer.1 A fundamental question is whether examining a single nutritional villain in isolation is meaningful, rather than acknowledging the need for a wide ranging, varied, and balanced diet?

Fruit juice is a valuable source of bioactive molecules with health …

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