Sugary Drinks: Tied to Cancers

By: Laura Butler

Article Summary

This article is fully entitled, "Sugary Drinks, 'Bad' Carbs Tied to Breast, Prostate Cancers" and was written by Amy Norton. In this article, Norton writes how a study reported at the American Society for Nutrition may suggest that people who consume higher amounts of "bad" carbs may be at a higher risk for certain cancers. However, some researchers do protest that this study is conclusive. Researchers, doctors and dietitians have long been giving advice to cut high amounts of sugar and carbs from diets in order combat obesity and disease. While this new study does not conclusively prove that this certain diet causes breast and prostate cancers, it does seem there is a trend when comparing those who do not consume high-sugar/high-carb beverages and meals and those who do. Moreover, a persons typical caloric intake and weight should be considered when thinking about what aspects of their life might have contributed to the development of their cancer. The author concludes with what can be considered general knowledge, that a high-quality diet is the better choice in terms of health and longevity.

Article Critique

The author of the piece has no medical credentials but is an author for HealthDay, which is where the article I chose to use came from. HealthDay is utilized by medical professionals around the world as a trusted site in which to get the latest daily health news. Countless health organizations license HealthDay’s content for use on their own websites.

This article is extremely well written in that I believe the author lays out all of the facts and doesn’t show any bias as to how she believes our diets may affect our chances for developing varying types of cancer. The author uses credible sources—mostly highly accredited researchers—in order to support the ideas that sugary drinks may or may not lead to breast or prostate cancers. The author of this article offered no definite conclusion. The first paragraph hinted toward the idea that a high intake of sugary drinks and processed carbs could lead to various cancers. However, as I read further, it became apparent that the researchers that Ms. Norton interviewed were more concerned about a person’s lifelong diet and how well they took care of themselves as well as other important genetic factors and, as always, whether or not someone smokes or drinks plays a big role in the likelihood of developing cancer. Furthermore, Norton states “…women whose diets emphasized healthy carbs -- vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes -- were 67 percent less likely to develop breast cancer, compared to women who favored refined carbs” (Norton, 2016). Overall, I believe that this article was very informative. Although the conclusion was ultimately unsettled, I think the author did a tremendous job in presenting the facts in an unbiased manner.

Works Cited

Norton, A. (2016, April 5). Sugary Drinks, 'Bad' Carbs Tied to Breast, Prostate Cancers. Retrieved April 6, 2016, from http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2016-04-05/sugary-drinks-bad-carbs-tied-to-breast-prostate-cancers