Sugar is bad for your skin, promotes premature aging, and causes hardtolose weight. But there's something esle you need to know about sugar: it feeds and promotes cancer. The sugar and cancer connection is not well know, and it hasn't been publicized in mainstream sources. Yet, the connection is backed by solid research, including the following:
The average American consumes 77 pounds of added sugar per year!
Sugar has some of the same characteristics as a toxic drug. When sugar hits our bloodstream it stimulates the same pleasure centers of the brain that respond to heroin and cocaine. Eating just a small amount creates cravings for more, and quitting suddenly causes withdrawal symptoms, like headaches, mood swings, cravings and fatigue.
Sugar can be a hard habit to quit. Precisely how hard depends on just how much sugar a person is consuming daily. As a start, read food labels and notice the amount of added sugar there is in everyday products. You'll be astounded at how much you're actually consuming. Then, start eliminating these processed foods from your diet.
Replace all sugary snacks with whole fruits, and use low-glycemic, natural sweeteners, like Xylitol. We want natural sweeteners with a low GI (Glycemic Index), because excess sugar in the blood spikes insulin levels. Insulin is proinflammatory and procancer and can directly promote the growth of tumor cells.
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It's common for people who are transitioning to a vegetarian diet to eat more simple carbohydrates, like pasta and bread, which are high GI foods. A good way to avoid this issue is to eat a well-balanced diet that contains a high quality, vegetarian protein at each meal.
"Sugar Love (A not so sweet story)" By Rich Cohen, National Geographic
"Smile! This Sugar Helps Your Teeth", John Doullard
"New Research Suggests Benefits of Mammography May Be Overstated While Risks Are Underestimated," Dr. Mercola, mercola.com
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