by: Jonathan Benson
Introducing some healthy dietary habits is the best way to improve your health. People become aware of this fact, but those who enjoy fast food and sugar-laden foods have a hard time understanding this.
Most people are still unaware of the food consequences, and still indulge in foods high in sugar and fat without thinking any further. However, latest studies have shown that processed sugar enhances cancer growth, and hopefully, this finding will change the whole aspect regarding this issue.
Nature Medicine has also confirmed that processed sugar is one of the main culprits of the uncontrolled cancer growth and spreadi. Their results were so amazing that in future, cancer screening will involve scanning the body for accumulated sugar in order to detect any signs of the disease.
The University College London (UCL) in the UK revealed this discovery after experts had experimented with a new cancer detection method which is based on a unique form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The group of scientists sensitized a MRI scanner to detect specifically for glucose in the human body. The scanning has revealed that cancer tumors that thrive onsugar actually light up brightly, because they contain large amounts of sugar.
According to the latest UCl announcement, “The new technique, calles ‘glucose chemical exchange saturation transfer’ (glucoCest), is based on the fact that tumors consume much more glucose (a type of sugar) than normal, healthy tissues in order to sustain their growth.” The university gave an update, according to which tumors are detected as “bright images” on the scanner.
Traditional scanning for cancer involves low-dose radiation injections that are supposed to identify tumors. This sure makes sense, because radiation also causes cancer, but these injections are not optimal because of their potential side effects.
But, this method works because factors that trigger and promote cancer development and spread can be also used in detecting cancers. And this is how sugar got added to that list.
“This method uses an injection of normal sugar and could offer a cheap, safe alternative to existing methods for detecting tumors, which require the injection of radioactive material,” explains Dr Simon Walker-Samuel, the lead researcher of the study conducted at the UCL Center for Advanced Biomedical imaging (CABI).
This may be the most shocking part. The study’s senior author says that the amount of sugar contained in “half a standard size chocolate bar” is just enough to detect tumors using the glucoCEST scanning method. This fact is asounding, because it actually means that even the tiniest amounts of sugar can promote cancer proliferation.
UCL is just another source that associates processed sugar and deadly diseases like cancer. Dr Robert H. Lustig, M.D. and Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), explains that chronic illnesses that harass modern world are largely caused by sugar consumption. Dr Lustig is author of the book “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” and in his videos, he openly explains his findings.
He also added white sugar and flour, sweetened and processed foods, and fast food, of course. Unlike natural sources of fructose from fruit, when these break down in the body, they stimulate the increase of hormones, especially insulin, and later send cancer cells a signal to feed and thus grow in size.
Dr Lewis Cantley is the head of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) at Harward University, and he shared his opinion regarding the connection between sugar and cancer in a CBS interview: “What we’re beginning to learn is that insulin can cause adverse effects in various tissues, and a particular concern is cancer.”
He also said that, “If you happen to have a tumor that has insulin receptors on it, then it will get stimulated to take up the glucose that’s in the bloodstream. So rather than going to the fat or to the muscle, the glucose now goes into the tumor, and the tumor uses it to grow.”
The conclusion is to always choose whole, unprocessed, and plant-based foods in order to maintain and protect your health and mind. Eat more greens, veggies, and plant-based proteins, and avoid consuming processed foods.
Your body has the ability to heal itself, but you have to help it to do so, and you will see a miracle happening. These dietary changes will boost your body’s self-healing capacity and you will enjoy life without fearing for your health.