In the last few years, the truth has become clear: sugar is the real enemy!
Sugar is the primary contributor to a number of very serious health problems:
Obesity. Sugar is turned into fat by the body faster than dietary fats, meaning eating a lot of sugar is more likely to make you obese than eating a lot of fatty foods.
Insulin Resistance. Sugar raises blood glucose levels, which triggers higher insulin production. Over time, chronically high levels of insulin cause your body to develop a resistance, ultimately leading to diabetes and metabolic disease.
Liver Problems. Too much sugar can overload your liver, causing it to turn fructose and glucose into fat. This can ultimately lead to fatty liver disease.
Heart Disease. Sugar can raise triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels, leading to a higher risk of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular problems.
According to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, a very clear link has now been discovered between sugar and cancer. After nine years of studying the effects of sugar on the human body, researchers determined that an excess of sugar can lead to rapid tumor growth.
This connection between sugar and cancer is the result of the Warburg effect. Simply put, the Warburg effect is a phenomenon where cancer cells rapidly break down sugars (the sugar you eat) and use those sugars for energy. Thanks to the Warburg effect, cancer cells are able to feed off the sugar and grow. Excessive sugar intake has been linked to an increase in tumor growth.
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The above-mentioned study used yeast cells as the model for the test, given that the yeast cells contain the same proteins found in tumor cells. When the researchers fed sugar to the yeast, the yeast cells rapidly broke down the sugars and used them to multiply. The sugar stimulated something called “Ras proteins”, which triggered the rapid growth of the yeast cells.
One of the researchers said, “Our research reveals how the hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth. Thus, it is able to explain the correlation between the strength of the Warburg effect and tumor aggressiveness.”
Pretty scary, right? If sugar can have such a marked effect on yeast cells in a controlled laboratory environment, imagine what it can do inside your body! Every time you eat sugar—in the form of candy, cookies, cakes, refined sugar, or even fruit juice—you’re basically feeding any cancer cells in your body. Thanks to the Warburg effect, the sugar will stimulate rapid growth of the cancer cells. Existing tumors or cancers will grow visibly as a result of the sugar.
When the researcher said, “this link between sugar and cancer has sweeping consequences”, he wasn’t far wrong! Understanding this connection not only gives scientists a better understanding of the link between sugar and cancer, but also helps you take action to eliminate the problem.
Sugar comes in many forms, most of which are terrible for your health. It’s time to clean up your diet and get rid of the unhealthy sugars.
Let’s start with the “good” sugars:
Fruit contains fructose. In moderation, this fructose helps to produce energy and the fiber in fruit reduces the absorption rate of the sugar.
Honey, molasses, and other natural sweeteners are safe for consumption in moderation.
Stevia is a natural sugarless sweetener that won’t trigger the Warburg effect.
That’s IT! These three sugars are the only kind you should be eating, and definitely in moderation.
Now let’s look at all the “bad” sugars, the ones to eliminate from your diet:
Refined sugar. If it’s white and powdery, it’s a no-go! Even brown and cane sugar should be avoided, as they’re still highly concentrated forms of sugar and will cause the Warburg effect.
Fruit juices are essentially concentrated fructose without any fiber to reduce absorption. Even 100% fruit juice isn’t truly healthy.
Fruit products like fruit Jell-Os, fruit-flavored drinks, and fruit candies may be made with some fruit, but it’s still concentrated sugars.
Candies contain a ton of sugars, most of which is highly refined and guaranteed to trigger the Warburg effect.
Baked goodies may be delicious, but all those cakes, cookies, muffins, and scones will provide way more sugar than is good for your health.
Syrups like corn syrup, flavorings, or coffee sweeteners are equally sugary, and often filled with artificial ingredients that will increase oxidative stress in your body.
Hidden sugars in processed foods: salad dressings, canned products (like soups, corn, tomato sauces), and bread all may have hidden added sugar that makes them extremely dangerous because without intention you are adding more sugar to your daily food intake.
To reduce your risk of cancer, cut these sugars from your diet!
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Study Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-01019-z
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