Is sugar cancer’s favorite food?

SugarCancerThe negative health impact of excessive sugar consumption continues to be in the news.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released another report warning that the world is eating entirely too much sugar.

And though our bodies need a little sugar, excess amounts lead to rampaging obesity, diabetes, cancer, brain dysfunction, heart disease and many other ailments.

And don’t  think we need to just cut down on soft drinks, doughnuts and ice cream. The body turns all refined (processed) carbohydrates into sugar.

That means white bread, pasta and white rice.

In fact, Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, says today’s gluten-filled wheat is even worse for health than straight sugar, as the body tries to deal with ‘glue’ as well as an excess sugar load.

In addition, WHO says that those who consume a lot of processed food are eating a lot more (added) sugar than they may think.

It’s been added to canned food, frozen dinners, ketchup, breakfast cereals, salad dressings, fast food.

Today the average American consumes about 23 teaspoons of sugar a day, 240 teaspoons a week, or 170 to 190 pounds a year—compared to about 4 pounds annually 100 years ago. According to the WHO report, modern Americans get 13 percent of their daily calories in added sugar alone.

For instance, just one 32-0z soda with ice contains 22 3/4 teaspoons of sugar, while a medium blueberry muffin contains 9 1/4 teaspoons. One cup of cookie dough ice cream contains 9 1/4 teaspoons of sugar.

The ideal amount of daily sugar is said to be about 5 to 6 teaspoons for women and no more than 9 teaspoons for men. One soft drink delivers that amount.

A study published last year in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, states that, among other cancers and diseases, refined carbohydrates dramatically increase the risk of certain types of breast cancer—by 57 to 153 percent. This is especially true for those who are overweight or obese. High carb intake increases chronic elevations of insulin, as the body tries to deal with excess sugar.

Reports say that Big Food and soft drink companies are working hard to reduce sugar content in their products. But don’t be fooled, their sugar substitutes and additives are even worse. Just say no to their processed foods and drinks and eat plain, whole foods like our grandparents did.

As Dr. Joseph Mercola notes, what’s so hard to understand about the 3-word warning: sugar feeds cancer.

Sources: www.businessinsider.com, www.lef.org (Life Extension Magazine)

 

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