Is there a link between sugar intake and cancer?
There is a high chance that you might have heard statements like sugar causes cancer or makes it grow faster. This makes sense in some ways. Every cell in our body uses sugar for energy. However, cancer cells use 200x more sugar than normal cells.
Some other cancer experts suggest that sugar itself can cause cancer, and there is a link between sugar intake and cancer. A noted cancer researcher Lewis Cantley, Ph.D. thinks that some diseases may start due to high levels of insulin( It is the hormone that controls the amount of sugar in our blood). His research showed that high levels of insulin cause cancer. And insulin levels are driven by sugar. He doesn’t use any sugar because he thinks that the link between sugar intake and cancer is clear.
So, the question arises what we should eat? Even if there is no link between sugar intake and cancer, it is still a perfect idea to intake less sugar. Researchers say that you should use six tbsp/day if you’re a woman and nine if you’re a man.
- The link between sugar intake and cancer
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