There’s an old expression about eating too many sweet foods: “A moment on the lips…forever on the hips.”
But it turns out that the damage sugar does to your body goes a lot further than just your waistline.
In fact, if you eat too much sugar, you might be on the high road to deadly breast cancer.
According to a shocking new study out of the University of Texas, consuming large quantities of sugar over a prolonged period of time can increase your chance of breast cancer.
Worse yet, it can actually help the disease spread to other areas throughout your body.
For the study, researchers fed mice diets that were either heavy in starch or in sugar.
Of the mice that were fed a starchy diet, 30 per cent developed breast cancer within six months. Yes, that’s high – but not compared to the nearly 60 per cent of mice that were fed a sugary diet and wound up with breast cancer.
And the more sugar they ate, the bigger the tumors grew.
Even if you’re not literally eating spoonfuls of sugar like these mice were, sucrose (table sugar) can be found in the most unexpected items in your kitchen cupboards, like processed meat, ketchup and even potato chips.
While all sugars helped make the tumors grow and spread, the researchers said that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) sent the tumors off to the races more than any other type of sugar.
That’s scary when you think about the amount of HFCS we’ve consumed over the last 50 years.
In 1970, the average person consumed only a half-pound of HFCS in an entire year. In 1997, it was at an annual all-time high of 62 pounds.
Since then, our annual high fructose corn syrup consumption has actually gone down – to about 36 pounds per year, according to the Illinois Farm Bureau – but if you ask me, that’s still way too much, because it should be zero.
If you want dodge the breast cancer bullet, dump those fizzy drinks and stick to a low-carb diet rich in animal protein, vegetables, and healthy fats. Skip the processed foods, and prepare your own meals so you know exactly what you’re putting in them.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
“Sugar in fizzy drinks and junk food increase chances of breast cancer,” The Daily Mail, Jan. 1, 2016
Here’s How Sugar Might Fuel the Growth of Cancer, published online, nbcnews.com
A sweet problem: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain, published online, princeton.edu/