A recent study published in the British Medical Journal shows that people who drink about 185ml of milk tea a day have more chances of getting cancer than the people who drink less of it.
The milk tea craze in the Philippines is at an all-time high, and it goes without saying that the sugar content of those drinks can increase the risk of cancer by 18%. Aside from tea with sugar and milk, other drinks that can increase the risk of cancer include fruit juices, soft drinks, milkshakes, energy drinks, and coffee.
According to the team at Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, more studies are still needed to corroborate these findings. “Sugary drinks are known to be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, overweight, obesity, and diabetes,” said Dr Touvier.
The Sugar Tax in the Philippines under the TRAIN law imposes that 6 pesos per liter be added to caloric and non-caloric sweeteners and 12 pesos per liter for beverages with high-fructose corn syrup.