(Scotland on Sunday) Consumption of high- energy snacks and drinks has been linked for the first time to bowel cancer by a group of Scottish scientists.

In a major study that has implications for the notoriously sugar-rich Scottish diet, researchers studied the dietary habits of more than 2,000 patients diagnosed with bowel cancer and compared them to the food and drink intake of a similar-sized healthy­population.

The scientists, from Edinburgh and Aberdeen universities, analysed the data and found a statistical association between bowel cancer patients and high consumption of what they described as “high energy snack foods” and “sugar sweetened beverages”.

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