Does sugar feed cancer?

No evidence suggests that sugar feeds cancer or a sugar-free diet lowers the risk of cancer. Also, no study claims that eating no sugar will make cancer cells grow slowly. Many researchers believe that more glucose absorbed by some tissues during the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan has made people assume that sugar feeds cancer. More research is required to establish a relationship between sugar and cancer.

If you are diagnosed with cancer and thinking about cutting back on sugar, you must know that all cells need sugar to survive within the body. Our body knows sugar in the form of glucose, fructose and sucrose and uses a different process to digest them. It is the glucose that our cells need to live and multiply. Fructose provides an instant boost to the body but takes time to digest.

However, sucrose is the table sugar that most people do not want to eat. But sucrose is also available naturally in fruits and vegetables. It is the processed white sucrose that is harmful to humans. As obesity is a risk factor for cancer such as colon, the endometrium, the kidneys, and the breast, people might believe sugar feeds cancer.

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