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Cancer: Does Diet Really Matter?

The big C…  It’s a diagnosis that evokes fear in most, and yet it seems unavoidable.  According to statistics, more than 1.6 million new patients, in the United States alone, are diagnosed with cancer every year.  This equates to a new cancer diagnosis approximately every one minute.  What’s more, cancer doesn’t seem to care about your race or gender.  However, cancer.gov states that the leading races affected are both whites and blacks; males take the lead over females.  So, what’ a person to do?  Practice prevention.

The Division of Cancer Prevention and Control maintains that more than half of cancer deaths can be prevented through healthy diet and lifestyle choices and regular screenings.  What exactly is a healthy diet and lifestyle?  Weight is a key factor.  Obesity is associated with 13 different types of cancer, including thyroid, breast, brain, liver, and gallbladder cancer.  It makes sense then, that diet matters.  A diet high in sugar and artificial sweeteners needs to be the first to go!


Cancer & Sugar

Dr. Joseph Mercola reveals “that cancer cells need sugar to survive.  When you consume sugar-laden food, your pancreas’ beta cells produce insulin.  By consuming sugar excessively, an overproduction of insulin may occur and you may become immune to his effects.  Reducing sugar intake and normalizing your insulin levels can lower your risk of cancer.”  Furthermore, 95% of all cancer cells can’t use fat, protein, or ketones for energy – only blood sugar.  This means high blood sugar levels feed cancer cells.  Seems pretty clear… avoid sugar! But sugar is not just the fine, white substance that we all know and love.  White flour, pastas and breads, candy, fruit juice, soda, and even breakfast cereals, can raise blood sugar levels, too.


Cancer & High Fructose Corn Syrup

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a sweetener made from corn, that can be harmful to the body.  This artificial sweetener, known as corn syrup, damages the liver, can promote obesity, diabetes, and increases kidney and pancreas failure.  Corn syrup can be found in many of the same places you’d find regular table sugar, such as, sodas, fruit juices, energy drinks, cake mixes, jams and jellies, peanut butter, cereals, and candy.    


Cancer & Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners, like Splenda, Equal, and Sweet ‘N Low, are still somewhat of a controversial topic.  These substances have been created by man, in a laboratory, and metabolize into toxic compounds that can cause metabolic dysfunction, disease, and cancer, according to The Truth About Cancer.   However, according to other studies, no clear link between cancer and artificial sweeteners can be found.  Evidence suggests these sweeteners are definitely not safe for everyday use.  Splenda, for example, causes inflammation in the kidneys and liver, and damages the human gut (which is where 70% of your immune system resides).  Without a strong immune system, your body is unable to fight off disease and sickness.  When it comes to Equal or NutraSweet, these primarily affect the nervous system and can cause headaches, dizziness, and memory loss.  Sweet ‘N Low has been proven to cause cancer in animals, such as lab rats, and it is suspected to cause cancer in humans, as well.  


Cancer vs. Health

Instances such as why sugar, and artificial sweeteners, are toxic could go on and on…  This is just a small snippet of foods to avoid.  But you be the judge.  Why risk your health when it’s just as easy to choose “good for you” products, instead – like raw, unrefined honey, coconut sugar, 100% pure maple syrup, and stevia.  These items are readily available in most supermarkets.  Whether you believe in natural or holistic health methods, or lean more towards traditional practices, avoiding sugar and chemical sugar substitutes, is something we can all agree is beneficial for overall good health.  And, that, is really what it’s all about!        


By Donna Hludzinski


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