Why avoid processed sugars and carbs?
1) Sugar feeds cancer. We know that cancer requires ten to twenty times more sugar than healthy tissue to produce the same amount of energy. Interesting side-note: most cancer cells have significantly more insulin receptors than their healthy counterparts.
Healthy cells prefer glucose, but most do not require it as a fuel source. On the other hand, cancer cells require glucose and/or certain amino acids to produce energy, according to Thomas Seyfried, scientist and author of the book, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease.
It is therefore possible to selectively starve cancer cells by eating a strict ketogenic diet. That said, this can be a very difficult diet to stick with, and it isn’t necessarily the go-to solution for everyone.
Want to keep your cancer happy and well-fed? Just eat plenty of processed carbs.
2) Processed foods don’t contain as many enzymes as raw foods. Enzymes help your body digest food, absorb nutrients, detoxify, and produce energy. All of these processes need to be working well to fight cancer naturally.
3) Processed foods do contain: preservatives; artificial colors; artificial flavors; flavor enhancers; GMO wheat, soy, and corn; and other things you don’t want to be putting in your body, even on a good day.
4) Many of us have a hard time digesting wheat and similar grains effectively. In some people this leads to conditions like celiac, and in other people, eating wheat may interfere with digestion on a sub-clinical level. William Davis, MD wrote an entire book about this.
5) Processed sugar has been linked to significant decrease in immune cell function for several hours after consumption. If your immune system is trying to fight cancer, don’t get in its way. For someone taking chemo or using radiation, this becomes especially important since those therapies suppress the immune system.
6) Opportunity Cost: Every time we fill up on processed garbage, we’re missing an opportunity to fill up on real food. Over time, this depletes our body of energy and nutrients. With each meal, we choose whether to support disease or support health.
7) All that said: if you love a sugary treat from time to time, go for it (I fall into this category)! Be kind to yourself!