Research published in the Journal ‘Nature’ provides evidence that sugar awakens cancer cells. Known as the Warburg effect, scientists over a nine year period were able to clarify how this process in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars, stimulating tumour growth.
In previous studies and research, scientists have been unclear whether the Warburg effect is a symptom or a cause of cancer. This study, which was started in 2008 has led to a major breakthrough in understanding a positive correlation between sugar and cancer, which may have impact on the dietary advice and regimes that cancer patients are given to help them recover and stop the hyperactive sugar consumption of cancer cells that lead to a vicious cycle of cancer development and growth.
Most people when I ask them about sugar intake talk about cutting down on sugar in their tea or coffee or on their cereals, forgetting that sugar is in most foods that we consume, certainly processed and fast foods.
Taking this a step further into preventative medicine, this may well lead the way in dietary advice for everyone to be aware of their own over-consumption of sugar with a little knowledge that tumours convert significantly higher amount of sugar into lactase than healthy tissue. So with that rationale, it may make sense to limit our intake of sugar in everything that we eat and drink.
Here is a list of 10 foods that have high amounts of sugar that you may or may not realise.
Education is a powerful tool – it can help us to stay well and in this instance, understand that when important research comes out, we can use it to impact our own longevity.
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