June 28, 2017

How sugar produces cancer cells

WOW – Sugar is really getting some bad press. Lately it has been related to a multitude of health problems (diabetes, heart disease, stroke, immobility, elevated triglycerides and high blood pressure). Refined sugars from soda and processed foods have been linked to increasing cancer cell growth, as well as those other health conditions.

The science: The 2013-2014 Journal of Clinical Investigation demonstrated that increased glucose uptake had a direct and positive correlation to the early phases of cancer cell production.

The problem is that obesity and chronic overeating can lead to the growth and development of cancer cells. The Canadian Cancer Society inform us that being obese can cause changes in our hormone levels (sex hormones or insulin), which can increase the risk of developing breast, colon or uterine cancer.

The War – Sugar, Fructose & Galactose

OK, if you didn’t already know there are three different forms of sugar. Sugar is the general name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. There is glucose (a simple sugar and a component of carbohydrates), fructose (a fruit sugar) and galactose (this is lactose associated).

Oh dear, not good. Please beware of refined sugars, particularly table sugar and high fructose corn syrup. These are loaded inside your processed foods, sodas, and baked desserts.

Fructose is to enjoy in moderation (you’re welcome). These are naturally occurring sugars, found in fruits and are deemed less harmful. But listen, Vida6 LOVE fruits and vegetables as they are full of goodness, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Plan them into your day as they will provide you with the necessary nutrients are also very filling.

BEWARE - Hidden sugars: fructose, lactose, sucrose, maltose, glucose, and dextrose are all forms of sugar. Check labels and always try to eat ‘non-processed’. Natural is best.

Be wary but not afraid of  natural sugars: molasses, agave nectar, honey and maple syrup are natural sugars and contain antioxidants which can protect your body from cancer BUT think moderation as they are also high in calories!

VIDA6 TIP: Use natural sweeteners such as honey or stevia, and avoid high-fructose corn syrup and genetically modified sugar or sugar replacement such as aspartame.

Women – max six teaspoons (25 grams) of sugar each day. This is around 100 calories.

Men - max nine teaspoons per day (37 grams). This is around 150 calories.

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