Many have heard that cancer feeds on sugar. Is that true?
While it does not cause cancer, it can certainly add to your waste line. Adding to your waste line can cause health problems that lead up to cancer. So yes, in a way sugar can lead to cancer.
Being overweight or obese puts you at a higher risk for cancer and many other ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.
Avoiding sugar altogether is not absolutely necessary say the experts at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Your body uses sugar for functioning. But there is a differences in a little sugar and a lot. Managing the daily intake is a critical component to how you feel and you overall long term good health. Unhealthy weight gain is derived in part by consuming too much it and refined carbohydrates, which turn to sugar in the bloodstream as well.
What Are The Right Amounts Of Sugar
How much is safe to eat? Women should have no more than six teaspoons per day (25 grams), and men should have no more than nine teaspoons per day (37 grams), says the American Heart Association. This equals to about 100 calories for women and 150 for men.
Most Americans however, do not limit the intake according to these guidelines. Most really have no idea how much that they take in. On average, we consume 20 tsp per day which equates to around 250 cups or 120 lbs of sugar per year, per person. source (MD Anderson Cancer Center)
We should consider anything that we eat to have sugar and we need to know how much. Just 4 grams of sugar equals 1 tsp of sugar. A can of soda contains around 36-40 grams of sugar or 9-10 tsp. That is already double the recommended amount. When children have a full can of soda, imagine just how much that is to their bodies. Canned and processed foods need to be brought into the picture such as jarred spaghetti sauces or processed meats.
Read The Product Label
If the first word in the ingredients label says sugar, put it back. Unless you just want the sugar.
Some of the sweet stuff even though it may not have sugar as the first ingredient listed, there are other names for it such as:
- lactose (natural sugar from milk)
- fructose (natural sugar from fruits)
- maltose (sugar made from grain)
- dextrose (form of glucose)
- glucose (simple sugar, product of photosynthesis)
- sucrose (made from fructose and glucose)
These all count towards the daily sugar intake recommended.
Honey, molasses maple syrup, and agave are full of antioxidants that can help fight the free radicals in the body and are sugars that are released into the bloodstream much slower. This gives a more sustained energy level rather than the peak and lull from a sugar rush.
Above all, you should avoid the artificial sweeteners that are so attractive.
Although there is no direct link in the cancer sugar relationship, being intentional about your intake of sugar on a daily basis can you are much more likely to keep your recommended weight for your body frame.