Orange juice may be your go-to drink when you feel a cold coming up, but a new study has found that it may also increase your risk of skin cancer. According to the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the citrusy drink increases your odds of developing melanoma, which is considered the most dangerous kind of skin cancer. Melanoma develops when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells triggers mutations that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. 

Scientists say that orange juice (as well as raw grapefruit) contains furocoumarins, which make the skin more sensitive to sunlight and psoralen. "Both interact with ultraviolet light to cause melanoma cells to multiply."


Aside from increasing your risks, the tangy beverage may also raise your risk of heart disease, trigger your migraines, and affect your liver.

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