Does sugar feed cancer cells?
Our body runs on glucose, sugar that gets turned into energy. Glucose is found in basically anything you can eat. Glucose is also broken down from Carbohydrates. From fruits and veggies the unhealthiest of foods, they all have sugar (glucose). Sugar feeds ALL of your cells and it’s absolutely impossible to avoid if you want to live. There is a little bit of truth behind sugar feeding cancer cells but it’s very misleading. Cancer does get energy from sugar but so do all of your other cells. Even if you cut out processed sugar you are still eating sugar.
“Stopping sugar getting to cancer cells would also mean that your body's healthy cells get starved of necessary sugars," says the CEO of Cancer Council Australia, Professor Sanchia Aranda.
"I think that would make you lose weight, [and] would make your immune system less efficient and more likely that a cancer would progress."
While sugar does feed cancer it’s WAY more complicated than that. There’s very strong evidence that cancer feeds off amino acids aka protein. There’s also strong evidence that cancer builds from lipids or fats and oils. Too much sugar is still a bad thing, don’t get me wrong. Nobody should be eating processed sugar very often but please don’t tell anyone with cancer what they should or shouldn’t eat unless if you’re their oncologist. They are all tired of hearing it and it’s insulting. It’s also just not true. There is also NO evidence of childhood cancer being linked to lifestyle. Cancer is just a terrible disease and sometimes there’s no way around it.
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