Fructose and Cancer Growth

08.12.10 | Sherri Watters | Comments[0]

Sherri suggests focusing less on buzz words like fructose and glucose, and more on developing a healthy diet.

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There is amazing freedom in learning to read food labels. Once you have established your, “I will not go there” list, you are saved from a plethora of unnecessary calories. Many items have gone right back on the shelf as I read through the list of ingredients, saving me many unwanted calories and possibly a head ache due to additives and preservatives. Things to avoid are hydrogenated oils, monosodium glutamate, corn syrup and corn syrup solids, artificial flavor and color, BHT, vitamin A palmatate, aspartame, asulfame K.

These are the main culprits in throwing your system into a tailspin. Actually shopping the perimeter of the grocery store is your best bet. Big dollars and empty calories lurk in the center isles of the grocery store. Produce, meat and dairy should be the main fare as you peruse the store. This takes a lot less time and money as you shop. As we learn to save time and money in the store we have more time to prepare those delicious and nutritious meals that will give us and our family optimum nutrition.

Original Story:

(Washington, DC)  --  People with a family history of pancreatic cancer might want to take a second look at food and beverage labels.  Researchers have discovered pancreatic tumor cells use fructose, the sweetener used in many products, to divide and proliferate.  A team at the University of California-Los Angeles has discovered cancer cells can easily metabolize fructose to increase their growth.  The scientists also discovered the same was not true for another sweetener, glucose. 

Americans consume huge amounts of fructose in soft drinks, bread and many other foods.  There has been an ongoing debate among health experts over whether high fructose corn syrup is among food ingredients helping to make Americans obese and less healthy.  The food industry has long argued that sugar is sugar, no matter what the source is.  Now the researchers have found that is far from true.  The complete study is published in the journal "Cancer Research."

Please consult your doctor or nutritionist before making any changes to your diet.


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