Research released already this year in the Journal for Cancer Research shows how sugar may be linked to cancer, and it specifies the culprit as a specific type of sugar — fructose. The scientists believe that those who consume more sugar are more likely to have cancer, especially breast cancer.
Time to put down that can of high-fructose-corn-syrup-containing soda (are you still honestly drinking soda?)…
The research was conducted at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on mice, and the scientists took several steps to ensure the process was as close as possible to mimic what actually happens in humans. For example, they fed mice a similar diet to what Americans consume everyday as part of the SAD (Standard American Diet). The diets were either heavy in starch or heavy in different types of sugar. They used mice because like humans, some are naturally predisposed to breast cancer.
When the mice turned 6 months old, they were examined for cancer. Of those mice fed a starchy diet, 30 percent had cancer. However, 50 percent of the mice that were fed extra sugar had cancer in the form of breast tumors. The more sugar the mouse consumed, the bigger the tumor!
The researchers found that fructose affects a metabolic process, which helps the cancer cells metastasize (spread). The lead researchers has pointed at that most cancer patients don’t die from the tumor, they die from the spread of the disease to other parts of the body.
Might be about time to cut back on the sugar, friends. You can read more about this research here: http://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/news-releases/2015/sugar-diets-increases-risk-breast-cancer-tumors-metastasis.html.