Friday, September 30, 2011
Cancer Feeds on Fructose, America’s Number One
Source of Calories
High-fructose corn syrup is the primary source
of calories in the United States. In addition to containing mercury, a
known carcinogen, cancer cells actually feed on high-fructose corn syrup
after it is metabolized by the liver. A new study, published in the
Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets, examined the link between refined
sugar and cancer. The results add further evidence to the reports of
many health experts and scientific studies that have drawn the
connection between excess sugar consumption and the development of
The researchers highlighted the numerous ways in
which fructose directly contributes to cancer risk and other health
Altered cellular metabolism
Increased production of free radicals
According to Lewis Cantley, director of the
Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical
School, as much as 80 percent of all cancers are "driven by either
mutations or environmental factors that work to enhance or mimic the
effect of insulin on the incipient tumor cells."
Similar research published in the journal Cancer
Research found that the way in which sugar is metabolized stimulates
cancer growth. The researchers
What is even more concerning is that the
scientists conducting the research used pancreatic cancer cells, widely
considered to be the most deadly form of cancer. The discovery was
monumental because not only did the researchers prove that tumor cells
feed on sugar (glucose), but the tumor cells used fructose for cell
division in order to speed up the growth and spread of the cancer.
Fructose consumption actually led to a massive increase in tumor cell
growth and proliferation way beyond that of glucose.
This cancer-feeding fructose is what the
majority of Americans are consuming on a daily basis, to the point where
high-fructose corn syrup is their number one source of calories. Even
children are consuming excessive amounts of sugar in juice boxes, candy,
and even ‘healthy’ sports beverages. The amount is so extreme that the
average American consumes around 150 grams of sugar each day; whereas,
many experts believe that the number should be around 15 grams per day
or lower to prevent cancer.
The ubiquitous nature of fructose is so apparent
in the food supply that it can be found in one form or another in 5 of
the top 10 sources of calories in America, according to a USDA report.
As cancer rates continue to explode, it is vital that dietary changes
are made involving the emission of fructose from the global food supply.
Natural sweeteners like Stevia contain 0 calories, and have been found
to prevent and reverse diseases like diabetes.
It is time we revolutionize the food supply and
utilize natural sweeteners as tools to reduce cancer and obesity rates