There have been several more recent studies that have proven the negative effect that sugar can have on our health. For example, in 2016, the Cancer Research medical journal published a research article that detailed a study that suggested that taking in sugar may be directly linked with the development of breast cancer in mice. One of the primary authors of the study, Dr. Lorenzo Cohen from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, suggested that sugar may aid in the development of breast cancer and the way it spreads to other parts of the body.
The researchers fed added sugar in different amounts to the mice. The lowest dose that they gave the mice was equal to about 44 grams (11 teaspoons) for humans, which is far below the consumption of the average American. The researchers discovered that no matter what dose of sugar they gave to the mice, the development and progression of the breast cancer was accelerated. Furthermore, they found that when the dose of sugar was increased, the mice were more likely to develop breast cancer and their breast cancer was more likely to spread to other parts in the body. The researchers were surprised to find that even the smallest dose could negatively affect the mice.