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Sugar in your Diet: Are you putting yourself at risk?

Cells need sugar to survive but cancer cells also grow and use it as fuel. Studies are showing that large amount of sugar intake are linked to increased risk of cancer, especially breast cancer. When this sweet is consumed , your pancreas responds by sending insulin through the body to metabolize it in the cells. Cancer cells also have receptors for insulin. Studies have shown that this increases the risk for colon and breast cancer. In addition, when the liver is overloaded with fructose it pushes it out and converts it to fat cells, hence the term “fatty liver”. Cholesterol (ldl) and inflammation goes up and turns into belly fat.

Sugar is not just the white stuff you buy at the grocery store. It is any ingredient that ends in “OSE”. For example: fructose, lactose, sucrose, maltose ,glucose, dextrose and high fructose corn syrup. When you consume too much of these hidden toxins, dopamine levels increase in the brain and you become addicted and want more. It’s like a drug. It’s deadly and habit forming.

What can you do? Stay away from processed foods. Check labels and look for hidden sweeteners like fructose , sucrose and high fructose corn syrup. Simple carbohydrates convert to fat but natural sweets that occur in fruits are healthy for you because they also contain fiber and phyto nutrients that help to come combat cancer cells. Because of the fiber content, fructose in fruits and vegetables is absorbed at a steady rate so you don’t get the highs and lows you get from processed sweets.

You also want to stay away from artificial sweeteners like Stevia, xylitol, maltitol, and aspartame to name a few. Xylitol was originally developed as a laxative and can be found in some gum, toothpaste, and protein bars. Some of these artificial sweeteners are processed in the kidneys and leads to crystallization which form into kidney stones!

Exercise plays an important role in burning off the sweets that you DO consume. It’s as simple as a fast-paced walk for 40 minutes a day or a vigorous hike. If you don’t like going to the gym there are alternatives that can count as exercise. The important thing is to exercise at least 30-40 minutes a day, 5 days a week to burn off excess calories and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

So eat as fresh as possible, (plant based, protein and healthy fats) check labels, and exercise. Lower your risk for chronic disease and start today!