Sweetened Soft Drinks Get Connected to Pancreatic Cancer
Some critics argue that it's hard to isolate the cause of increased cancer risk. Those who drink sweetened carbonated beverages may also smoke or have poor nutrition, both factors that could affect cancer risk. Still, studies like these have fueled initiatives to remove junk food from schools. The Obama administration intends to "begin a drive this week to expel Pepsi, French fries and Snickers bars from the nation's schools in hopes of reducing the number of children who get fat during their school years," The New York Times reports.
Scientists believe the overall risk is small, even to soft drink fans, but 24/7Wallst points out that the study could add to Coca-Cola's (KO) and PepsiCo's (PEP) challenges amidst recent public drives toward healthier eating habits. Indeed, both companies have expanded their product lines to offer healthier products. The study also examined fruit juice but found no link between drinking juice and developing pancreatic cancer.