avoid about 3 of every 10 common types of cancer if we would
change certain diet and lifestyle habits, says the World
Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer
Research. A good place to start, they recommend, is to eat a
nutritionally balanced diet and stay away from tobacco and
about sugar? Doesnít that feed cancer cells? It sure does.
And it feeds healthy cells as well. Even if we entirely
avoided all carbohydrates (sugars and starches that break down
to sugar), our bodies would use protein in an alternate recipe
to make glucose (sugar) to fuel our cells. It is not true,
therefore, that we can starve cancer cells if we avoid all
just the beginning of our confusion about sugar and cancer,
according to an article by registered dietitian Karen Collins
in a recent issue of Environmental Nutrition.
from a recent large study in France, for example, that the
more "ultra-processed" foods we eat, the higher our
risk is to develop cancer. Basically, these are the ones that
line the shelves of most convenience stores. They are in a
package and the main ingredients are fat, sugar and salt and
not much else.
confusion, says Collins, is why highly processed foods loaded
with sugar increase our cancer risk. Here are some
sugar ó not sugar itself ó puts us at an increased risk
for certain cancers, say experts. Thatís because high
intakes of sugar (such as when you swig down a 20-ounce soda)
goes quickly into the blood stream. This prompts the pancreas
to secrete a load of insulin to tame the surge of sugar in the
blood. Itís the high insulin levels, not just the high
sugar, that stimulates the growth of cancer cells, researchers
sugar, such as the 240 calories in that 20-ounce soda (about
16 teaspoons of added sugar), is a great vehicle for getting a
load of calories into our bodies. Extra calories are easily
converted to extra love handles. And this increase in body fat
does raise our risk for several types of cancer.
do the American Institute for Cancer Research and other
experts recommend we limit foods and drinks that are loaded
with added sugar? To keep our weight in check and make room
for a variety of foods we know to be protective against cancer
such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans.
one easy way to start. Take the time to read the label, even
if youíre in a hurry and starving. No fiber? No vitamins,
minerals or protein? Added sugar, salt and fat the top
ingredients? Put it down, step back slowly and run for water,
nuts or fruit.