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Sunday, July 26, 2015

This Food is Cancer's Best Friend -- and Eating It is Like Pouring Gasoline on a Fire!

Black man eating sugary cereal

If you are thinking that this is referring to saturated fat, or salt, think again. Sugar, yes sugar, is cancer's best friend! And medical researchers want the world to know. Why? Because your health is at risk. Sugar is responsible for obesity and major diseases, like cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

Why sugar is so bad

Forms of sugar like fructose and glucose are absorbed directly into the blood stream. So many food products on the market today contain sugar forms in order to make them taste good. They are found in processed food, fruit juices, sodas, and baked goods. And Americans eat tons of it. But sugar is processed food that can be deadly. If 25 percent or more of your daily calories are from sugar, you are tripling your risk of dying from heart disease, according to research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The link to cancer

Refined fructose is the most dangerous form of sugar. Some forms of cancer thrive on sugar, resulting in increasing your chance of getting these types of cancer and decreasing the chances of a positive outcome if you already have this type of cancer, according to Cornell University Professor Lewis Cantley. But don't forget, sugar increases your chance of obesity, and obesity also increases the risk for many types of cancer, including colon, esophageal, kidney, breast, and pancreatic. Obesity also increases your risk of dying from these diseases.

Read labels

You might be surprised at how many foods contain high levels of sugar. It doesn't have to taste sweet to contain sugar. As an example, a Hershey's milk chocolate bar has 24 grams of sugar. A "Healthy Choice" Sweet & Tangy BBQ Chicken dinner contains 28 grams of sugar. So, it's important to read labels and know what you are eating. Doctors recommend limiting your sugar/fructose consumption to 25 grams a day, or less if you are diabetic.

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