A group of doctors in India who specialise in digestive disorders delivered a disturbing report at a recent conference on digestive disorders, writes Christine O’Brien in Nutrition & Healing.
According to O’Brien, the doctors found that the consumption of carbonated beverages, otherwise known as fizzy drinks, shot up 450% from 1974 to 2000 in the US.
During the same period, oesophageal (throat) cancer
rose by 570% among white American males.
They concluded that the increase in both of these figures is related.
So where exactly is the connection between fizzy drinks and cancer
The link between oesophageal cancer and fizzy drinks revealed
According to Dr Jonathan Wright, the natural health specialist behind Nutrition & Healing
, the connection is quite clear: Cancer
feeds on sugar.
“Fizzy drinks are already known to exacerbate gastroesophageal reflux disease, otherwise known as GERD, which can be clearly linked to oesophageal cancer,” says Dr Wright.
According to Dr Wright, the culprit appears to be the many acids that make up fizzy drinks, such as phosphoric, citric, acetic, fumaric and gluconic acids.
While the report by Indian doctors stated that the average fizzy drinker consumes over 32,000 additional minutes of acid exposure a year, other countries that have experienced a similar rise in fizzy drink consumption also have a rising number of cases of this oesophageal cancer.
That’s why Dr Wright believes this is “pretty compelling data”.
“Soft drink makers have young people in their marketing crosshairs. 56% of 8-year-olds down soft drinks daily and a full third of teenage boys drink at least three cans of fizzy drinks a day,” says Dr Wright.
Dr Wright believes “if you add up those numbers and multiply them by say, the next 10-20 years and if this study is true, we have a problem on our hands or in our throats, to be more specific.
His advice: Since fizzy drinks don’t have much in the way of redeeming qualities, it’s probably best to lay the habit down.