Fructose Fuels Cancer More Than Other Sugars

There has been recent research exposing the harm of sugar
and high-fructose corn syrup in our daily diets. While too much sugar can
contribute to metabolic syndrome, it appears now that not all sugar is created
equal. In fact, fructose is much more harmful than previously thought.

The three natural, common types of sugar in the human diet
are glucose, sucrose, and fructose. Glucose is the sugar broken down from
carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, and potatoes. Sucrose is refined cane sugar,
or common table sugar.  Fructose is a
component of sucrose along with glucose. Fructose is found in many foods.
Today, however, we consume large amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, largely
from processed foods and sodas due to its low cost and high relative sweetness.
It seems now that high amounts of fructose not only wreak havoc on your
metabolism, but also on cancer cells. Learn more about different types of
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A study from UCLA showed that pancreatic cancer cells used
fructose and glucose in different ways, concluding that the cancer cells better
use fructose to multiply. Pancreatic tumor cells seem to prefer the fructose
over glucose, eating it up to divide and proliferate. “These findings show
that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase
proliferation,” said Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer
Center.

The results of this study obviously have dietary implication
for those fighting cancer. By cutting back or eliminating your intake of
fructose–be it from fruit, sodas, or processed foods–you may be able to slow
cancer cell growth. Limiting the total amount of sugar in your diet also helps
to improve your immune system, as sugar suppresses it.

This study also sends shock-waves through the corn industry
as well as certain food and soda producers, as these industries have disagreed
with negative health claims of high-fructose corn syrup, and claimed that all
sugars are metabolized similarly by the body. 
Hopefully, more government action will be taken to halt the use of
high-fructose corn syrup in so many common products. It is also recommended to
limit the amount of refined sugars in your diet period, as cancer cells thrive
on all refined sugar. Reducing sugar intake will also help to maintain a
healthy weight, reducing your risk for many serious diseases and conditions. To
learn more valuable health information and general dietary recommendations for
cancer preventionScience Articles, visit www.dreliaz.org/recommends-diet.

Abstract: http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/70/15/6368.abstract

 

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