High-fructose corn syrup is the latest nutritional demon. In any given week, you can see a wrestling match between HFC and gluten for the worst thing in the world.
Some people say it's overblown, and just like anything, moderation is the key.
A new study from the Baylor College of Medicine suggests that might not be the case.
Researchers found that consuming a modest amount of HFC sweetened beverages, about the equivalent of a 12 ounce soda in humans, accelerates the growth of intestinal tumors in mice models even independent of obesity.
"An increasing number of observational studies have raised awareness of the association between consuming sugary drinks, obesity and the risk of colorectal cancer." - Dr. Jihye Yun
Researchers first generated a mouse model of colon cancer by deleting the APC gene. Deletion of this gene mimics early stage colon cancer.
The scientists then provided a water bottle which was sweetened with HFC (25% of the drink).
After two months, the APC deleted mice developed larger and higher grade tumors than the control group.
Turns out sugary drinks are killing you in more ways than one.
Now, it's obvious to point out that this is a mouse model, and more research is needed, especially in human studies, but the thrust of this research is clear and echoes something we've said for a long time:
DON'T DRINK YOUR CALORIES!