London: Beware of the
hidden danger lurking in a seemingly healthy glass of fresh fruit
juice -- the sugar content could actually increase chances of
Australian researchers have found that those drinking more than
three glasses of juice daily were more likely to develop rectal
cancer, a form of bowel cancer.
By the time the drink has been processed and packaged, many of the
protective ingredients in the fruit have been lost, researchers
They examined the diets of 2,200 adults who filled in a
questionnaire detailing their daily eating habits. The team then
tracked the participants for two years to see how many of them
developed the disease, the Daily Mail reported, quoting the
Journal of American Dietetic Association.
They found that eating apples, sprouts, cauliflower or broccoli
daily reduced the likelihood of cancer. However, those who
consumed lots of fruit juice had a higher risk.
Scientists believe the high sugar content in juice may trigger
certain tumours. The team also said that many things found in
fruit which help protect against bowel cancer - including fibre,
vitamin C and chemicals known as antioxidants - are lost during
the juice's processing.