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Sugar found in ketchup and Coke linked to breast cancer
Researchers find high-sugar Western diet may increase the risk of breast cancer
Both authors said that identifying the risk factors for breast cancer was a public health priority
Both authors said that identifying the risk factors for breast cancer was a public health priority Photo: Alamy
By Agency2:12PM GMT 01 Jan 2016Comments65 Comments
A common sugar found in drinks such as Coke and food like ketchup, cereal bars and biscuits could be driving breast cancer, scientists warn.
The high-sugar Western diet may increase the risk of breast cancer and the potential for that cancer to spread to the lungs, the new study suggests.
Researchers found that when mice were given a sucrose-rich diet, similar to our own diet in the West, the mice showed increased levels of tumour growth and metastasis, when the cancer spreads.
• One drink a day increases the risk of breast cancer by 15 per cent
They also found that fructose in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup found in a range of foods and drinks could be driving the disease.
Scientists at the University of Texas MD Anderson Centre gave groups of mice one of four different diets and found that at six months old, 30 per cent of those raised on starch-controlled diets had measurable tumours.
Of those mice which had been raised on a sucrose-enriched diet, 50 to 58 per cent had developed breast cancer.
"We found that sucrose intake in mice comparable to levels of Western diets led to increased tumour growth and metastasis, when compared to a non-sugar starch diet."
Dr Peiying Yang
The study, published in the online edition of the Cancer Research journal, also showed that cancers in mice on high sucrose or fructose diet were more likely to spread than those on starch-controlled diets.
One of the authors of the study, Professor Lorenzo Cohen, said: "We determined that it was specifically fructose, in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, ubiquitous within our food system, which was responsible for facilitating lung metastasis and 12-HETE production in breast tumours."
Co-author Dr Peiying Yang said that she believed this was the first study to investigate the direct effect of sugar consumption and effect on the development of breast cancer.
She added: "We found that sucrose intake in mice comparable to levels of Western diets led to increased tumour growth and metastasis, when compared to a non-sugar starch diet."
Both authors said that identifying the risk factors for breast cancer was a public health priority.
• Scientists discover 'trigger' which could stop breast cancer spreading [...]
Alzheimer’s — A Disease Fed by Sugar
By Dr. Mercola
As of 2013, 5.2 million Americans had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of dementia,1 and Alzheimer’s diagnoses are projected to triple by 2050.2,3
Over half a million Americans die from the disease each year, making it the third leading cause of death in the US, right behind heart disease and cancer.4,5
Considering there’s no known cure and few if any effective treatments, it’s really important to pay attention to prevention if you want to avoid becoming an Alzheimer’s statistic.
The good news is that your lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, and sleep can have a significant impact on your risk.
As noted by Dr. Richard Lipton6 of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where they study healthy aging, lifestyle changes “look more promising than the drug studies so far.”
High-Sugar Diet Raises Your Risk of Alzheimer’s [...]
Certain food products, notably the refined and processed “hyperpalatable” sugary, fatty and salty food combinations, hijack the reward center in your brain, causing brain changes identical to those in drug addicts and alcoholics.
Addiction also affects your frontal cortex, impairing your ability to control impulsivity, irritability, impatience, and other states associated with withdrawal and addiction.
Abuse, neglect, and other self-perceived trauma during the formative years of childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, can profoundly affect your frontal cortex and epigenetically influence your genetic expression, thereby making you more susceptible to addiction. [...]