Did you know that the food that you eat can be an important part of your cancer prevention plan? Foods that are high in simple sugars like fructose and excess glucose have been shown to increase cancer cell growth, which increases the cancer growth in our bodies.
Glucose is used as fuel for all of our cells, both healthy and cancer cells. Cancer cells, like all cells require glucose (sugar in the blood), however cancer cells use glucose more efficiently and grow more quickly than healthy cells do.
Research studies show that consumption of large amounts of sugar in the diet increase the growth of cancer cells. Foods that are high on the glycemic foods list are three times more likely to contribute to the development of colorectal cancer than those that don't cause a high glycemic load.
Higher cancer rates because of high intake of sugar has been seen for other cancers as well. Women who ate diets high in carbohydrates (62 percent or more) were two times more likely to develop breast cancer than those who had diets that were lower in carbohydrates (52 percent or less). (2)
Fructose is another type of sugar that is found in our diets. Researches found that when pancreatic cancer cells were fed glucose and fructose, the cells used fructose to divide cells and increase in size.
So how do we change our diets to reduce our cancer risk?
We need to focus on food that that don’t have excess sugar and fructose in them
Excess glucose is found in many processed foods including cereals, protein bars, cookies, cakes and muffin mixes, pies, ice cream, soda and sugary drinks.
You might have guessed that these foods would fall on the excess sugar list, however there are other foods that are high in sugar that you might not suspect.
Many condiments like ketchup, barbecue sauce and salad dressings can be contain excessive amounts of sugar. High sugars and, sometimes high fructose, can be found in canned fruits, puddings, spaghetti sauce, frozen desserts and yogurts.
Fructose is found in many fruits here.