Cancer, also referred to as malignancy, is a condition characterized by an abnormal cell growth. In short, cancer occurs when cells in a particular part of the body grow and multiply uncontrollably.
Moreover, the surrounding healthy tissue and organs can be invaded and destroyed by the cancerous cells. Furthermore, cancer starts in one part of the body prior to spreading to other areas. This process is called metastasis.
In fact, there are over 100 cancer types, such as prostate cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, lymphoma, breast cancer, etc. Symptoms often vary depending on the cancer type. Standard cancer treatments include surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy.
Unfortunately, the cancer rates have dramatically increased over the past few decades. There are various factors that contribute to cancer development, including chronic stress, smoking, poor diet, environmental factors, and more. Additionally, what you eat helps increase or decrease your cancer risk.
The Link between Sugar and Cancer
Dr. Otto Warburg, a German leading medical doctor, biochemist, physiologist, and Nobel laureate, along with other experts found a connection between cancer and sugar many years ago. However, most cancer patients are not familiar with the fact that if they keep consuming processed foods loaded with sugar, they will probably find it difficult to fight the disease.
Dr. Warburg believed that most cancers can be starved out of the human body. He explained that the growth of malignant cells and tumors was triggered by cells, which produced energy via ATP (adenosine triphosphate) through a nonoxidative glucose breakdown. Moreover, the recycling of the metabolite from glycolysis as well as the circulation of adhA back into the human body resulted in anaerobic respiration. In addition, non-cancerous, healthy cells produce energy for the body to utilize through the oxidative pyruvate breakdown, i.e., the end product of glycolysis that results in oxidized mitochondria.
As a result of this, Dr. Warburg figured out that cancer was a mitochondrial dysfunction. As you can see, the correlation between cancer development and sugar is not new.
Eating too much sugar has been associated with a higher risk of obesity, inflammation, metabolic syndrome, type-2 diabetes, and many cancer types.
But, if you exclude sugar from your diet, then you will be at a lower risk of developing cancer. Namely, you should minimize your consumption of high sugar products, including pastries, candies, cakes, crackers, sodas, etc. Furthermore, most packed foods possess refined sugar. That’s not all, foods such as ‘healthy’ yogurt, sugar-free cereals, whole grain breads, wheat, or ‘low-calorie’ food products may also be loaded with sugar.
So, the best way to avoid refined sugar is to stop purchasing pre-packaged foods. Also, you may want to avoid eating out at restaurants because most restaurants source their food from large companies, which ‘season’ the food with plenty of salt and sugar in order to make it more palatable. Plus, you can curb your sugar cravings by consuming more high-quality animal-based and plant-based proteins and eating more organic, whole foods.
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