When it comes to nutrition & cancer, there are tons of differing opinions. And when it comes to sugar & it’s effects on cancer, the answers range from “no effect at all” to “evil & toxic.” So what’s the dealio (am my daughter always says)? Can’t something in the world of cancer be black or white?
Does sugar feed cancer cells?
There was a really interesting & controversial article last week in The New York Times written by Gary Taubes called “Is Sugar Toxic?” (April 13, 2011) Taubes writes about the philosophy of a renown medical specialist Dr. Robert Lustig. According to Lustig, refined after a certain level of sugar intake is reached (& this includes high-fructose corn syrup), a poisonous & deadly build up occurs. Yikes!! Listen to Lustig’s presentation Sugar: The Bitter Truth on YouTube.
THE BOTTOM LINE though is that you have to do your own research & make up your own mind… kinda like politics. What I can tell you definitively is that Alan & I (and our nutritionist Dr. Glen Luepnitz) believed & still believe that what we put into our bodies affects our bodies. So we immediately cut all refined sugar & high-fructose corn syrup out of our diet. Heck, it can’t hurt. We used only stevia, agave nectar, & real maple syrup to sweeten our foods. (I still try to do this.) We even made our own ketchup, one of Alan’s favorite condiments because the regular version is loaded with sugar and the sugar-free version tastes like crap. (I’ll post this recipe soon- it’s delish!)