Fruit juice, often considered one of our 'five-a-day', could actually boost the risk of colorectal cancer, Australian researchers have found.
The large load of sugars carried by most fruit juices make them a potential risk, according to researchers writing in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
While total fruit and vegetable intake can cut the risk of colon cancer, they discovered that increased fruit juice consumption was linked to an increased risk for rectal cancer.
Those who drank more than three glasses of fruit juice daily were more likely to develop rectal cancer in particular.
One possible explanation, they wrote, was that many of the beneficial substances found in fruit were actually lost during the commercial process of making juice.