The theoretical cancer risk associated with a chemical that is used to give some of the sodas their color is not the only health concern that should be a source of apprehension to consumers. The assertion that there could be a possible link between soft drinks and cancer is nothing new. For instance a 2010 study in Singapore published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research seemed to suggest a relationship between cancer of the pancreas and consumption of more than three sodas a week.
The soft drinks industry may have a billion reasons to believe in Africa, but Africa has every reason to be suspicious. And why not? Her children are losing their teeth at an early age because of exposure to refined sugars, her teenagers are developing diabetes from junk foods and fizzy drinks and a generation of her young professionals are eating and drinking their way to an early grave. Indeed Africa has a billion reasons to be afraid. Very afraid.
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