Cancer cells love sugar! Sugar is acidic in nature and cancer cells grow in an acidic environment.
Your body’s cells use sugar to keep your vital organs functioning. All cells in your body consume sugar as they grow and divide. Cancer develops when old cells refuse to die, but keep growing, dividing, and building up in one place – creating a tumor. As long as this cancer cell can get a regular supply of sugar (glucose) it lives and thrives longer than it should. And fructose is used for cell division, speeding up the growth and spread of sugar.
But, limiting the amount of sugar in your diet is important. Unhealthy weight gain and a lack of exercise can increase your cancer risks. By making small changes to your diet and behaviors, you can lower your risk of disease.
You cannot starve cancer cells of glucose because you will also be depriving your healthy cells. It’s OK to eat some natural sugars on a daily basis, especially when they’re part of nutrient-dense foods, such as milk or fruit.
How much sugar is safe to eat?
- Six teaspoons of sugar (25 grams) per day for women.
- Nine teaspoons of sugar (37 grams) per day for men.
It’s important to know the full effect of sugar on the growth of cancer cell. Click here to learn more on this sensitive topic.
Dr. Anjali Hooda Sangwan is MBBS and MD in Internal Medicine, and has done her fellowship in Obesity and Clinical. She is currently working as a consultant in Consultant at FORTIS C-DOC, B-16, Chirag Enclave, New Delhi.
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