Many people have heard the statement that "sugar feeds cancer". I have had patients whose friends, family or other source told them to completely avoid sugar. I've even heard some well-intentioned, but somewhat misguided health professionals tell this to patients! This series of posts will hopefully set the record straight regarding what we know about sugar and cancer. The Facts About Sugar and Cancer Our bodies need sugar, specifically glucose, for energy. Every … [Read more...]
Natural Sweeteners: Is Honey or Agave Healthier Than Sugar?
Sugar is yummy! There's no doubt that it has a very special place in the hearts and tongues of many people across the world! However, many see the "sweet group" as a food that has only negative health value. It is true that most Americans eat WAY too much sweeteners. According to estimates, it is over 150 pounds per person per year. Most of our sweeteners come from corn syrups as well as beet and cane sugars. Is Honey Healthier than Sugar? Some people say that honey is a … [Read more...]
Insulin, Sugar and Cancer: The Facts
There seems to be a lot of misinformation on the internet and through word of mouth regarding cancer and how sugar and insulin interact with tumors. I've even heard bad information passed from health care providers on to cancer patients. When it comes to sugar, insulin and cancer you have to know the facts! Insulin Basics Insulin is a protein hormone produced in your body. After eating any kind of carbohydrate (found in desserts, sweetened drinks, fruits, milk, grains and … [Read more...]
Artificial Sweeteners and Cancer: Does Crystal Light or Diet Soda Cause Cancer?
Splenda. Saccharin. Asparatame. Acesulfame K. Stevia. Sugar alcohols. When it comes to cancer, there is a lot of controversy over artificial sweeteners. In the last two posts (part I and part II), I talked about sugar and cancer. A large portion of sugar intake in America is from our fluids. In response to this, many people have chosen to take in fluids that are calorie free, but have sweet flavor from artificial sweeteners. What's Wrong With Drinking Something … [Read more...]
Does Sugar Feed Cancer? Part II
I can't believe how often I hear the statement that sugar feeds cancer! Just today, I heard it again. For more explanation on why this is a misleading statement, check out Part I. Here we are at Part II. This post should answer some questions such as, how much sugar is too much? And, what types should we be having? What Foods Have Sugar? There are many different types of sugar. I'm sure you've heard the term "simple sugar" and "complex carbohydrates". Both simple … [Read more...]