Photo courtesy of and Scott M Liddell

Photo courtesy of and Scott M Liddell

I am frequently asked by my subscribers and readers if it is safe to eat fruit sugar – fructose – when you have breast cancer.

Here’s my best answer about that.  First, some interesting facts about sugar.

Sugar Regulation?

The journal Nature contained a rather in-your-face article in 2012 stating that refined sugar is a toxic substance that should be regulated like tobacco and alcohol, that it has even been thought to have the same serious health-disrupting effects as cocaine.  I’ve heard that before, only coffee and caffeine were lumped into the equation as well.

Most natural therapists feel that the single most important thing you could do from a dietary standpoint is to eliminate refined sugar from your diet, and especially high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) because they are toxic to our bodies.   HFCS is a man-made substance which is mainly derived from corn.  Also be aware that nearly all HFCS is made from genetically modified corn, which has risk factors all of its own.

HFCS was invented in Japan in 1966.  It was introduced to America in 1975.  When it was discovered that HFCS was 3 times cheaper to make than sucrose, food and beverage manufacturers began switching their sweeteners from sucrose to HFCS.

Fructose vs Glucose

According to Dr J E Williams in, “The way your body digests, absorbs, and metabolizes fructose is different from how it processes glucose.  Liver metabolism of fructose favors ‘lipogenesis,’ the production of fat in the liver.  Unlike glucose, fructose does not stimulate insulin secretion or enhance leptin production. The hormones insulin and leptin act as key signals in the regulation of appetite. Disrupted hormone signaling leads to weight gain because you don’t know when to stop eating.”

Apparently fructose is metabolized mainly in the liver.  Contrast that with glucose, which is metabolized by every cell in the body.  If you are consuming fructose, that means more work for your liver than if you consumed the same number of calories from starchy foods. 

If you obtain fructose from sugared drinks or fruit juices, this form of fructose hits the liver much faster than if you consume it in the form of a whole food, like an apple.  According to Dr Williams, “The rate at which the liver has to do its work will also affect how it metabolizes fructose and glucose, and liver health and genes that regulate metabolism and detoxification influence this process.”

So Is It Safe To Eat Fruit When You Have Breast Cancer?

Fortunately for us, Mother Nature has combined fructose in whole foods with mega-nutrition, a boatload of minerals, vitamins, fiber, phytonutrients, amino acids, etc.  Unlike HFCS which is basically sugar with all the good bits deleted.  You would have to eat a LOT of fruit (like 10 apples) in order to get the same amount of sugar you get from a can of cola.  For one thing, the fiber in fruits helps to slow the absorption of the fructose. 

The fiber and nutrients in fruit act to counter the toxic effects of the sugar.  It’s much better to eat your fruit than to drink it.   Avoid processed fruit juices, it is much better to consume whole fruits and berries.

The final word – fruits are full of good nutrition that will help you fight cancer.  Eating plenty of fruit will actually have a cleansing effect on your body.  And please don’t use artificial sweeteners.  They will damage your health more quickly than HFCS will.

You Might Find This Interesting…

By the way, did you know that the juice company Odwalla is owned by Coca Cola?  Did you know that the average American (that’s one person) drinks 60 gallons of soda every year?  Did you know that by consuming only one soda a day you will gain 15 pounds of fat per year?  Or how about fructose consumption in America – did you know it has increased 5 X in the last 100 years?

Reference Articles: (an excellent article)

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