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New Research Exposes More Sugar Risks November 25, 2010

Posted by mygiftofcancer in breast cancer, cancer, natural health, sugar.
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Yep! I’m harping on this same old theme again! I still believe my sweet tooth got me into my breast cancer troubles, although the article I’ve included below doesn’t specifically mention cancer. The delightful sweet taste we enjoy when we consume healthy amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables can be perverted by internal and external triggers. If we indulge those desires, i.e. by allowing our sweet tooth to have its way, we can destabilize an otherwise perfectly balanced system. The lack of fiber (which slows down digestion) in soft drinks, fruit drinks & juices, canned fruits, cakes, candies, cookies, ice cream, ketchup, etc. etc., cause the sugar to enter our system with a rush, which cannot be regulated by a healthy body. Our bodies were designed to eat and thrive on natural, untampered with sources of food which give us both pleasure in our mouths as well as energy/fuel for our bodies, without stressing out any of our marvelous systems.

Below is the article taken from the Australian newspaper The Age, but the information and results certainly apply to all. So, on to the article!

Sweet tooth a fatal flaw

The Age, November 19, 2010
It won’t be welcomed by sweet-toothed Australians, but research has shown how a diet high in sugar can cause health damage even when a person is not overweight.

Signs of impaired heart functioning were seen in mice that were fed a sugar-rich for just 12 weeks, as part of a study conducted at the University of Melbourne.

The mice ate the equivalent of a high-sugar diet for humans—for example a teenager fuelled by soft drinks and lollies—and the damage was seen to unfold even though they maintained a normal weight.

PhD candidate Kimberley Mellor said the results pointed to commonly held misconceptions about healthy eating, and an “overlooked” potential driver in the steady rise of type 2 diabetes.

“It has been overlooked but now it is increasingly moving to the forefront of this debate,” Ms Mellor told AAP on Wednesday.

“… Because we are recognising that it is not just fat that is bad for us, it is sugar as well.

“And all of these foods that we think of as healthy because they are low fat are actually not, because of their high sugar content.”

The mice were fed food high in fructose—the substance that gives sugar its sweet taste—which is a common food additive particularly in the form of high-fructose corn syrup.

The mice showed signs of oxidative stress in their hearts, which leads to a breakdown of cardiac cells and a disruption of the way these cells react to calcium, an essential process which enables the heart to beat.

While the study looked for an impact on heart function, Ms Mellor said other research also pointed to a link between a high-fructose diet and the onset of diabetes.

There had been a “dramatic shift” in the amount of fructose in the food supply over the past 30 years, she said, with average consumption thought to be up by about 30 per cent.

The take home message, Ms Mellor said, was to “cut out sugar as much as possible” from the diet and there was little point switching to low fat foods that were otherwise high in sugar.

 

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