Sugar Health Topic

Sugar Health Topic

Normalizing your insulin levels is one of the most powerful physical actions you can take to improve your health and lower your risk of cancer.7 People who drink large quantities of fizzy drinks or add sugar to coffee or tea run a higher risk of developing cancer of the pancreas.1 Researchers found that women who ate the most high-glycemic-load foods were nearly three times more likely to develop colon cancer.7 The American Heart Association is urging consumers to significantly cut back on the amount of sugar they get from such foods as soft drinks, cookies and ice cream.3 The largest contributor is easily soda, for which high fructose corn syrup is the primary sweetener.3 Excessive consumption of regular soft-drinks should be generally discouraged, in particular for children and adolescents.9If you received your fructose only from vegetables and fruits...you’d consume about 15 grams per day - a far cry from the 73 grams per day the typical adolescent gets from sweetened drinks alone. In vegetables and fruits, it’s mixed in with fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and beneficial phytonutrients, all which moderate any negative metabolic effects.4

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Sugar Nutrition Information

  1. Sugar and Cancer

    Sugar feeds cancer. I believe many cancer patients would have a major improvement in their outcome if they controlled the supply of cancer's preferred fuel, glucose. Controlling one's blood-glucose levels through diet, supplements, exercise, meditation and prescription drugs when necessary can be one of the most crucial components to a cancer recovery program. The quest is not to eliminate sugars or carbohydrates from the diet but rather to control blood glucose within a narrow range to help starve the cancer and bolster immune function.

  2. The Dangers of Sugar

    Seventy-six ways sugar can ruin your health.

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  3. Sweet Surrender: Sugar Curbs Urged

    The American Heart Association is urging consumers to significantly cut back on the amount of sugar they get from such foods as soft drinks, cookies and ice cream. The organization says most women should limit their sugar intake to 100 calories, or about six teaspoons, a day; for men, the recommendation is 150 calories, or nine teaspoons.

  4. Why People Get Fat (High Fructose Corn Syrup)

    The largest contributor is easily soda, for which high fructose corn syrup is the primary sweetener. But fructose is not only in sugary drinks. It's in the vast majority of processed foods, even those you wouldn't think of as sweet. It isn't that fructose itself is bad -- it is the MASSIVE DOSES you're exposed to that make it dangerous. If you received your fructose only from vegetables and fruits (where it originates) as most people did a century ago, you'd consume about 15 grams per day -- a far cry from the 73 grams per day the typical adolescent gets from sweetened drinks alone. In vegetables and fruits, it's mixed in with fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and beneficial phytonutrients, all which moderate any negative metabolic effects.

  5. How Food Works: The Difference Between Simple and Complex Carbohydrates and Sugars

    The foods you eat and the way you eat them can affect your mood and your temperament. Foods do that by affecting the levels of different hormones in your bloodstream over time. Simple sugars require little digestion, and when a child eats a sweet food, such as a candy bar or a can of soda, the glucose level of the blood rises rapidly. In response, the pancreas secretes a large amount of insulin to keep blood glucose levels from rising too high. This large insulin response in turn tends to make the blood sugar fall to levels that are too low 3 to 5 hours after the candy bar or can of soda has been consumed. This tendency of blood glucose levels to fall may then lead to an adrenaline surge, which in turn can cause nervousness and irritability. The same roller-coaster ride of glucose and hormone levels is not experienced after eating complex carbohydrates or after eating a balanced meal because the digestion and absorption processes are much slower. If you drink a can of soda full of sugar, glucose will enter the bloodstream at a rate of something like 30 calories per minute. A complex carbohydrate is digested more slowly, so glucose enters the bloodstream at a rate of only 2 calories per minute.

  6. Pancreatic Cancer Tied to Fizzy Drinks and Sugar

    People who drink large quantities of fizzy drinks or add sugar to coffee or tea run a higher risk of developing cancer of the pancreas, Swedish research showed. The researchers have now been able to show that the risk of developing pancreatic cancer is related to the amount of sugar in the diet.

  7. Increased Sugar Causes Cancer

    Researchers found that women who ate the most high-glycemic-load foods were nearly three times more likely to develop colon cancer. Normalizing your insulin levels is one of the most powerful physical actions you can take to improve your health and lower your risk of cancer.

  8. Dietary Glycemic Load and Risk of Colorectal Cancer in the Women's Health Study

    The growing recognition that colorectal cancer may be promoted by hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance suggests that a diet inducing high blood glucose levels and an elevated insulin response may contribute to a metabolic environment conducive to tumor growth. Our data indicate that a diet with a high dietary glycemic load may increase the risk of colorectal cancer in women. Insulin is something all humans have as without it we would go into hyperglycemic coma and die, but many of us have insulin levels that are too high.

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  9. Results of Long-Term Carcinogenicity Bioassays on Coca-Cola Administered to Sprague-Dawley Rats

    The results indicate: (a) an increase in body weight in all treated animals; (b) a statistically significant increase of the incidence in females, both breeders and offspring, bearing malignant mammary tumors; (c) a statistically significant increase in the incidence of exocrine ademonas of the pancreas in both male and female breeders and offspring; and (d) an increased incidence, albeit not statistically significant, of pancreatic islet cell carcinomas in females, a malignant tumor which occurs very rarely in our historical controls. On the basis of the results of this study, excessive consumption of regular soft-drinks should be generally discouraged, in particular for children and adolescents.

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  10. High Sugar Diets Linked to Birth Defects

    Pregnant women who eat sugary or highly processed food such as white bread and cornflakes face double the risk of having malformed babies. The risk of neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida was substantially greater among those who consumed higher levels of sugar and the highly refined carbohydrates found in potatoes, white bread and rice and many popular breakfast cereals.

  11. Defeating the Sweet Tooth

    Overview of different diet choices when reducing sugar consumption.

  12. Acne: Are Milk and Sugar the Causes?

    The dietary pimple producing culprits – dairy and sugar (in all its blood sugar raising forms) – both cause spikes in certain pimple producing hormones. Dairy boosts male sex hormones (various forms of testosterone or androgens) and increases insulin levels just as foods that quickly raise blood sugar (sugar and starchy carbs) spike insulin.

  13. Sugary Drinks Might Raise Hypertension Risk: Study

    Drinking sugar-sweetened sodas and fruit drinks appears to be associated with a greater risk for high blood pressure among adults. Men and women who consumed one or more sugar-sweetened beverages a day tended to be heavier, consume more calories, and have less healthy diets than those who consumed none.

  14. Fructose Induces Transketolase Flux to Promote Pancreatic Cancer Growth

    Cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation. They have major significance for cancer patients given dietary refined fructose consumption, and indicate that efforts to reduce refined fructose intake or inhibit fructose-mediated actions may disrupt cancer growth.

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  15. Fructose Foolishness

    Can eating too much fruit contribute to metabolic issues? Yes, especially if you're already insulin resistant, metabolically deranged and/or obese. But...you'd have to eat an awful lot of fruit to measure up to the 20 oz. soda mentioned in this comparison. Fruit isn't just fructose. It's also a rich source of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber – things that make you healthier. You can't say the same for soda, which contain fructose + absolutely nothing that contributes to your health. Eating a few servings of fruit a day in the context of an otherwise healthy, anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle isn't going to create metabolic dysfunction in anyone.

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