Lifelong eating habits are extremely hard to change. Despite knowing what is good for our bodies, we seem to find it very hard to practice the theory. We are surrounded by articles and stories about people who transformed their lives thanks to the whole foods diet, yet we don’t seem to rush into following these examples until it becomes a necessity.
My goal with these articles is to help you realize how important changing your diet is in order to lead an illness and disease-free life. It may be that many of you are already dealing with some type of health issues and are looking for something to bring you relief.
I am guessing that since you are reading this article, you are on your path of changing your everyday habits. Congratulations on taking that step!
I will talk to you about something that we often hear about today: sugar.
Should we be concerned about our consumption of sugar and is all of it bad?
It’s true that getting rid of sugar habits is extremely hard, but it is also extremely important, and in no way impossible.
Sugar and Cancer
CANCER THRIVES ON SUGAR. That’s a fact.
When compared to normal, healthy cells, research has shown that cancer cells have 15 times more sugar receptors! They absolutely love sugar! Hence, any time you are eating too much sugar (processed, white, brown, artificial, corn syrup, cane sugar), you could be fueling cancer cells.
When doing a scan for cancer (PET scan) you are given, orally or through a vein, a substance with radioactive glucose (sugar). By doing that, doctors are able to see the exact position of your cancer as cancer cells go wild on the glucose; released positrons collide with electrons and form rays that the doctors are able to see on the scan.
Cancer cells are alive and living just as other cells. When they grow they not only devour sugar, they make you crave it.
Researchers have been looking for alternative methods of finding cancer in the body, considering that radioactive injection is not optimal.
Not long ago, a method using MRI machine called a glucoCEST (glucose chemical exchange saturation transfer) was developed at the University College of London. Thanks to this type of testing, scientists can now inject and search for regular glucose (sugar, not radioactive) in the body. Brightly lit up areas signify a tumor, as tumors contain very high amounts of sugar.
“Tumors have a greater reliance on anaerobic glycolysis for energy production than normal tissues, a phenomenon that is known as the Warburg effect. This key discriminator of tumors from normal tissues has been exploited as a target for anticancer therapy as well in the detection of metastatic disease by FDG-PET.”
The amount of sugar found in a half of chocolate bar is sufficient to find tumors.
“Scaling the dose used in this study to a 70-kg human would correspond to 14 g of glucose, which is approximately the same as found in half of a standard-sized chocolate bar”
As most cancer patients are not given good guidelines when it comes to the amount of sugar safe to consume, this is worrying. The growth of cancer cells when one is eating typical amounts of sugar could be very discouraging.
Their findings were published in Nature Medicine in 2013.
How Much Sugar Should I Eat?
American Heart Association recommends limiting sugar intake for women to no more than six teaspoons daily (24 grams or 100 calories). Men should limit sugar intake to no more than nine teaspoons daily (36 grams or 150 calories).
Fact is, most Americans DOUBLE this intake on a daily basis. That sums up to a lot of sugar!
I am in no way suggesting that you should avoid healthy sugars from fruits and other whole foods. These choices are the best source to get sugar that your body needs for energy and fuel. What causes the trouble are all the extra sugars in our diet that come from candy, baked goods, processed foods, dressings, sauces, etc.
Here are 4 tips to eat LESS sugar:
#1 Consume whole fruits and veggies, raw nuts and seeds and organic grass-fed meats for the bulk of your diet.
#2 Keep clear of corn syrup containing grain, high fructose corn syrup or added sugar. If you eat bread, choose the organic varieties.
#3 Train yourself to avoid processed foods that come from a box or a package!
#4 Drink more water, green juice (at least 80% veggies), green smoothies, sugar-free green and herbal teas, kombucha, water kefir, etc. Stay away from commercial fruit juice, soda, sugary drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and store bought lemonade. Try to avoid these as much as possible.
It is so significant to know about the things that happen inside our bodies. There are still those who believe that food we consume does not affect our health. This is far from correct.
The cells in your body are built from everything that you put into your mouth. Learning right ways to eat and implementing good recipes in your diet is worth all the energy. Your health is worth it!
There is no price to living a healthy, happy, long life. I am here to help you on your journey.
Remember, we’re in this together.