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Fact Check: Will stopping sugar from diet kill Cancer cells in your body?

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Quick Take

A number of Facebook posts claim that Sugar feeds Cancer cells in the body. So cutting down on sugar will kill Cancer cells in the body, the posts claim. We fact-checked and found that the claim is False.

The Claim

Based on a popular myth that removing Sugar from a diet kills Cancer cells in the body, many social media users have posted the same. Such posts can be seen here, here, and here.

A snapshot is also given below.

Fact Check

Does sugar and Cancer have a relation?

Eating too much sugar can also lead to weight gain and increase the risk of obesity and diabetes, which may increase the risk of cancer. Research has shown that intake of sugar directly increases the risk of Cancer. Also, research has shown a strong correlation between Diabetes and Cancer.

Does Cancer cell in body thrive on sugar?

All kinds of cells, including cancer cells, depend on blood sugar (glucose) for energy.

Can cutting down sugar from diet kill the Cancer cells in the body?

There is no scientific evidence that suggests, giving more sugar to cancer cells makes them grow faster. Likewise, depriving cancer cells of sugar doesn’t make them grow more slowly. Dr. Naveen Sanchety, Senior Oncologist says, “Like all cells in the body, Cancer cells will need sugar and will find it from your body. Depriving the body of sugar doesn’t specifically hurt the Cancer cells anyway.”

Are artificial sugars safe? Can artificial sweeteners cause Cancer?

We have done a detailed Fact Check on this topic. There is no evidence that suggests artificial sweeteners cause Cancer. After a number of research, they are deemed safe by the US FDA. However, experts suggest to use even artificial sweeteners in moderation.

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