I just read a two page spread on health and nutrition in the local rag and I must say I was surprised to find such great info that I actually agreed with. The writer called sugar “the white death” and described it as a poisonous substance that has been proven time and time again to be disastrous for our health. After such strong words I decided to go ahead and do some fresh research on the subject just because I can.
I was not amazed to find doctors opposing each other in the “sugar” debate. One side believes that there is nothing wrong with sugar except for the fact that it causes dental cavities. Others who do the research have found through clinical trials that sugar suppresses the immune system and encourages cancer growth. According to Susan Siberstein PhD (founder of Centre for Advancement in Cancer Education), cancer cells love sugar. Dr. Otto Warburg (2014) was awarded a Nobel prize for his research on sugar and cancer cell metabolism effectively proving that cancer uses glucose as fuel.
So why isn't this research discussed in medical school? For the same reason that hand washing wasn't an accepted medical practice even though scientific studies by Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis had proven that hand washing reduced the death rate from puerperal fever of mothers giving birth in clinics.
Okay now I need to explain that all sugars are not the same. Basically we all need to avoid table sugar and all the processed foods that contain it. This is where you really need to read the label on every packet, bottle etc. so you know exactly what you are consuming. Fortunately there are a few great alternatives you can try like stevia, date pulp and maple syrup. In fact recently a study (Ji, 2016) was published in the journal Oncology Reports that discovered significant anti-cancer properties in maple syrup. I just started cooking with maple syrup only a few weeks ago (in a chia seed pudding) before I read that article. Wow! Wasn't I a happy girl. I'll be adding maple syrup to every slice, dessert and cookie from now on.
Now don't get me started on artificial sweeteners. I'll leave that for a future blog thank you very much.
Siberstein, S. (2014). Five Reasons Cancer and Sugar are Best Friends. Retrieved from http://beatcancer.org/2014/03/5-reasons-cancer-and-sugar-are-best-friends/
Ji, S. (2016). Maple Syrup Is A Cancer Killer, Study Suggests. Retrieved from