Sugary drinks may contribute to the growth of colon cancer tumors, a study published in the journal "Science" warned.
Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian Hospital found that that early stage tumors feed on the sugars straight out of the digestive tract, using the molecules to make the building blocks that grow the cancerous cells.
"Polyps love to eat fructose and glucose and they use it to grow. They're just like humans," Dr. Lewis Cantley, one of the lead authors of the study and director of the Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine, said.
Despite the fact that the study was conducted on mice, and not on humans, researchers are sure that the findings apply on humans too because they both have the same mechanisms.