PODCAST. Does sugar cause cancer? Does it feed cancer cells? If you haven’t been asked these questions, you will be. The idea that sugar causes or feeds cancer is all over the Internet. I was amazed when I Googled the word ‘sugar’ and I got over a half a billion results in less than a second.
The fact is…it’s just not that simple. There is not a direct link or cause and effect between eating sugar and cancer cell growth. Sugar in the form of glucose feeds every cell in the body. Sugar is a broad term used to represent different added sugars including sucrose or table sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), fruit juice concentrate, agave nectar, honey, etc. The important point is that in the bloodstream all sugars break down to fructose and glucose monosaccharide molecules and look alike to the body. So when you hear that sugar is different from HFCS which is different from agave nectar, in fact, the differences disappear in the bloodstream and deliver the same sugars, at the same ratios, to the same tissues, within the same timeframe, to the same metabolic pathways.
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