During the holiday seasons the tables are full with candies, chocolate, desserts and sweets. However, the high amount of refined sugar affects the development of cancerous cells in those patients who suffer from cancer. According to an evidence, a diet loaded with sugar can cause an onset of cancer.
In What Way Sugar Feeds Cancer Cells
Cancerous cells use from 10-12 times more sugar than healthy cells. One of the most effective tools for examining the cancer growth is the Positron Emission Tomography. According to the 1931 Nobel laureate in medicine, German Otto Warburg, the cancerous cells have a different energy metabolism in relation to healthy cells. He claims that malignant tumors display increased level of glycolysis in contrast to the healthy human cells.
How Sugar Causes Cancerous Cells
The Journal of Clinic Investigation from 2013-2014 released the results of in vitro study about increased sugar intake and the creation of cancer. The results pointed out that it’s the glucose that directly leads to the production of cancerous cells.
Another 1985 study on sugar has shown that patients with higher intakes of sugar were prone to the development of cancer in contrast to the patients with lower intakes of sugar. Certain studies claim that a high consumption of high-sugar food involves a greater risk of pancreatic cancer while other indicate similar results for breast cancer.
The cancer is promoted mainly through the mitochondrial dysfunction. Sugar burns in a different way than fat, generating free radicals. Further on, these free radicals damage the mitochondria of the cell, its nuclear DNA, cell membrane leading to protein impairment.
Cancer is made as a result of genetically mutated cells. It’s mitosis through which cells divide and enable tissue growth. When this process is ruined and apoptosis or death of cells starts, the cancer occurs.
Also, chronic overeating and obesity are important factors that influence the development and growth of cancerous cells. The Cancer Society of Canada correlates obesity with hormone levels which further causes development of uterine, colon and breast cancer.
Don’t give fruit the boot!
The study analyzes the difference between refined and natural sugars. Refined sugar includes high fructose corn syrup and table syrup that are consumed through various types of processed food, desserts or sodas. Natural sugars in fruits are not harmful despite their glycemic level.
According to Dr. Tony Jimenez, the organic sugar may not contribute to the growth of cancer cells in the way refined sugars do. The human cells take the left-spinning molecules from the vegetables and fruits while cancerous cells can take only right spinning molecules from the refined sugar.
What to Do?
Sugar does not only cause cancerous cells but a great number of other health issues including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high level of triglycerides, high blood pressure and immobility.
These are more than convincing reasons to cut out your intake of refined sugar from processed food, soda and many other sources and prevent the onset of cancerous cells.
So, consume more fruits and vegetables, get enough iron, fiber and protein in your diet. Eliminate the juices that contain added sugar and use natural sweeteners such as stevia and honey. Avoid high-fructose corn syrup, genetically modified sugar or aspartame, a sugar replacement.
Control your amount of sugar. Women should take no more than 6 teaspoons or 25 grams daily. Men should take no more than 9 teaspoons per or 37 grams daily. This is equal to 100 calories for women and 150 for men. On average, most of the people in America eat around 22 teaspoons a day.
Hidden sugars: glucose, lactose, fructose, dextrose, maltose and sucrose are forms of sugar that you can find of the Nutritional label on your meal.
Other natural sugars: honey, maple syrup, molasses and agave nectar are organic sugars that contain antioxidants which are anticancer agents. Make sure you use them in moderate doses because they contain high amount of calories as any other sweetener.