Sugar Doesn’t Just Feed Cancer Cells, It Produces Them


Halloween and the holiday season are approaching. That means lots of candy for some, a lot of desserts, chocolate, and sweets for others. Though most of us are concerned about our waistlines during this time of year, your weight should be the least of your worries. High refined sugar intake has always had a strong correlation to tumor development in cancer patients, but now there is evidence suggests that a high sugar diet can actually cause cancer.

How Sugar Feeds Cancer Cells

Cancer cells uptake sugar at 10-12 times the rate of healthy cells. The Positron Emission Tomography is one of the most accurate tools for measuring cancer growth. The 1931 Nobel laureate in medicine, German Otto Warburg developed a hypothesis that cancer cells have a different energy metabolism compared to healthy cells. Malignant tumors, according to Warburg, exhibit increased glycolysis in contrast to healthy human cells.

How Sugar Produces Cancer Cells

The 2013-2014 Journal of Clinic Investigation released the results of an in vitro study that analyzed the results of increased sugar uptake and oncogenesis (cancer creation). The results demonstrated that increased glucose uptake had a direct and positive correlation to the early phases of cancer cell production.

One of the crucial mechanisms through which cancer is promoted through sugar is through mitochondrial dysfunction. Sugar burns very differently than fat does, which generates free radicals. When free radicals damage the mitochondria of the cell, the nuclear DNA, and cell membrane are also affected, leading to protein impairment.

Cancer is essentially caused by the replication of genetically mutated cells. Mitosis is the means through which cells divide and promote tissue growth. When the process of apoptosis (cell death) begins to break down, cancer occurs.

Obesity and chronic overeating have had a positive correlation and causation to the growth and development of cancer cells. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, being obese can cause changes in hormone levels, such as sex hormones or insulin, which increase the risk of developing breast, colon or uterine cancer.

But don’t give fruit the boot!

The study takes into account the difference between refined sugar and naturally occurring sugars. Refined sugars include table sugar and high fructose corn syrup that are absorbed by the body when consuming processed foods, sodas, and baked desserts, namely added sugar. Naturally occurring sugars in fruits are deemed less harmful, regardless of their glycemic index.

Moreover, a 1985 study on sugar and the risk of large bowel cancer found that patients with high intakes of sugar were more predisposed to the development of cancer than patients with lower intakes of sugar. A prospective study published in 2006 found that high consumption of sugar and high-sugar foods were linked to a greater risk of pancreatic cancer, and a different study showed similar results for breast cancer patients.

Dr. Tony Jimenez hypothesizes that sugar from organic produce may not contribute to cancer cell growth in the same way refined sugars do because human cells absorb left-spinning molecules, which occur in fruits and vegetables, while cancer cells can only absorb right spinning particles, which come from refined sugar.

What You Should Do

Sugar has been related to a multitude of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, immobility, elevated triglycerides and high blood pressure. Cutting out refined sugars from soda and processed foods is a good start to decreasing your risk of cancer cell growth, as well as those other conditions.

Consume your daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Ensure you are getting enough fiber, iron, and protein in your diet. Do not drink fruit juices that have added sugar, and use natural sweeteners such as honey or stevia, and avoid high-fructose corn syrup and genetically modified sugar or sugar replacement such as aspartame.

Eat the right amount of sugar: for women, have no more than six teaspoons (25 grams) of sugar each day, for men, have no more than nine teaspoons per day (37 grams); this equals to 100 calories for women and 150 for men. The majority of people in America eat over double that amount, averaging at around 22 teaspoons per day.

Hidden sugars: fructose, lactose, sucrose, maltose, glucose, and dextrose are all forms of sugar you can find on the Nutritional Facts label on the back of your next meal.

Other natural sugars: Molasses, agave nectar, honey and maple syrup are natural sugars and contain antioxidants that can protect your body from cancer. But consume these in moderation, as they contain the same amount of calories as any other kind of sweetener.

*Article originally appeared at The Hearty Soul.

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Erin Elizabeth is a long time activist with a passion for the healing arts, working in that arena for a quarter century. Her site is barely 4 years old, butcracked the top 20 Natural Health sites worldwide. She is an author, public speaker, and has recently done some TV and film programs for some of her original work which have attracted international media coverage. Erin was the recipient for the Doctors Who Rock "Truth in Journalism award for 2017. You can get Erin’s free e-book here and also watch a short documentary on how she overcame vaccine injuries, Lyme disease, significant weight gain, and more. Follow Erin on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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  • Leslie

    Hello Erin, I’m interesting in learning if the picture of the cancer cells above is cg or a natural photo and maybe enhanced … if you care to share with us. I’ve known since the 70s that cancer feeds on processed red meat, sugar and caffeine. Thankfully we now have more information about raw honey, raw maple syrup and other natural substitutes if a sweeter taste is desired. Have you heard Dave Asprey’s take on improving our biological markers by “bulletproofin” our bodies. He is making a lot of sense. Thanks for your contribution!

  • Wendy Allen

    I got precancer when I didn’t eat fruit for 10 years, but had lemon that was pasteurized. The precancer went away when I ate fruit. Sugar feeds cancer and gets it started as it lowers the immune system and slows mitochondria/swells the brain and body which cuts off circulation and also may turn into fat that clogs blood vessels. Sugar also feeds yeast and bacteria that may hurt. Fruit is still needed, but low sugar fruit like cranberry/rhubarb/lemon/lime/blueberries etc. Gluten may cause cancer as it lowers the immune system and nutrients absorbed in the intestines so cells are not made right to work right to burn oxygen.

  • Bob Wickens

    The beginning of the 2nd paragraph under “Don’t give fruit the boot” needs correction. Something is missing.

  • Karma

    I noticed this too – the part that is missing is the 2nd paragraph under How Sugar Produces Cancer Cells, it starts and ends abruptly without completing a thought. Those two pieces seem to go together.

  • Laurie Rivera

    “Moreover, a 1985 study on sugar and the risk of large bowel cancer found that patients with high intakes of sugar…..”

    Is there more to this statement? It’s like the thought is incomplete.

  • Laurie Rivera

    Oh I see now… I think this is the rest of the statement and they got separated and pushed further down in the article..

    “were more predisposed to the development of cancer than patients with lower intakes of sugar. A prospective study published in 2006 found that high consumption of sugar and high-sugar foods were linked to a greater risk of pancreatic cancer, and a different study showed similar results for breast cancer patients.”

  • Sue Bennett

    Typos in this article but I get the point.

  • Larry Schaefer

    Erin Elizabeth has a book and products and a newsletter.

  • Jacqueline Kolb

    I really wish the writing and grammar were better…the typos in many articles from this source really take away from the credibility. Lots of valid info though, just not quality writing.

  • hi – grader

    I participated in the Living Healthy with Cancer seminars given by my Cancer Center and they emphatically state that there is no medical basis to make the claim that sugar is bad for people with cancer.
    A healthy diet as recommended by your government is all you need.
    Sure wirsh someone would get this one right

  • Lynda Miles

    Can you insert footnotes?

  • Katie

    Very interesting. What happens with foods that turn into sugars in the body like white bread and alcohol?

  • Rob Newcomb

    I am perplexed at the lack of scientific method that many of these articles have. All and I mean all professionally written and respected scholarly articles can point to studies (in the text) that corroborate the author’s position – I see none here. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a hater, I want to believe this to be true but I have incredible skeptism when I see no references to published scientific studies. As a scientist I have to rely on this method, if I am wrong please post these studies in the reply.

  • 752858189

    I appreciate all thoughts on this subject. Everyone I have advised on cancer eats red meat and in all cases their cancer has responded positively. Caffeine and sugar of course cause blood sugar to spike and cancer cells will feed on unused fuel. It would take a lot to convince me on red meat. People with cancer throw off red blood cells–and red meat is important in replacing those cells.

  • 752858189

    In order to be fair in my comments I just noticed Leslie said processed red meat. My apologies here for there is a difference. Much of the processed red meat will hydrogenate while cooking and this will lead to an unhealthy metabolism that because of the hydro could reduce oxygen levels and give opportunity to cancer,

  • 752858189

    White bread readily converts into sugar–not a good idea for cancer patients.

  • 752858189

    I have tried putting up websites here but they are not appearing in my texts.

  • 752858189

    Anyone willing to go to a pathology lab knows they are lying. Cancer is always (ALWAYS) accompanied by secondary infections–including candida–staph–etc. These secondary infections will contribute to the malfunctioning of the immune system and will expedite the rate at which the body produces mutated cells. Often when people are aware of a “tumor” they think of the tumor as the disease. It is not. The tumor is the result of disease. Even a cancerous tumor can be the result of many things including bacterial and viral infections. The body is designed to first protect two major organs–heart and brain–that is why one rarely sees a brain tumor or a heart tumor. When the body’s homeostasis is not working properly the body will produce mutated (miss-shaped) cells.
    Often these cells are residing in a median that forces the cells to take on a different shape. Inositol, in the form of IP6 (combined with magnesium and calcium) has been used over and over in pathology labs and has consistently caused cancer cells to return to their normal shape (no longer cancerous). The formula was in fact invented by a Medical Doctor. Inositol combined with a slightly Ketogenic diet is very successful in treating many types of cancer. When a person’s body chemistry is unbalanced good cells change their shape and the body will flush those bad cells to a location in the body that will do the least damage to the whole–in other words the part protects the whole.

  • 752858189

    This would have to be true–for what glucose the body does not use for proper energy conversion (ATP) it will use to both feed and even create malformed cells. Cells that reside in a medium low in oxygen are likely to reshape themselves in order to survive–In Laboratory settings rats have been injected with IPS after receiving injections of cancer and in every case I have studied the rats injected with cancer survived after having been fed IP6 and their tumor size was either greatly reduced or completely eliminated. Though IP6 is spoken of as being a B vitamin it technically is an isolated molecule of sugar. A diet high in protein that includes dark green vegetables is a great diet for most types of cancer.

  • karen

    For some, moderation is subjective. It could be 3 cokes or 3 cookies instead of one or 9 beers. The definition slips and slide around to suit us. Moderation has killed more people than one can imagine.
    Secondly, there is NO right amount of sugar. Why bother w/ cravings of 6t/day that just make me want more?
    3-6 wks cravings are over, then one deals with the psychological that goes on longer: the advertisements, the billboards, the constant push to eat it and FINALLY, one WAKES up to our allopathic medicine needing to keep us sick so they can ply us w/ their $$ drugs.
    Stay away from the real drugs.
    It’s not complicated. It’s simple.

  • WitchFart

    Really? Seminars given by your cancer center? If you can’t see what’s wrong with this picture…then just keep drinking the CANCER CENTER$ sugar laden KoolAid – pun intended.

  • HumanWisdom

    Try thinking logically instead of shoving guilt towards the bad component of the year (hey – it’s sugar that causes cancer tis year, it used to be fat and absence of ballast) so you can stick with meat, as obviously, cancer cells need two things to rapidly grow : sugar and protein.
    So eating much more protein than humans need (which is very little) will enhance your risk in the same way an overdose of sugar does. Think. Or if you like that better, stick with either the advice of the sugar or the meat industry, whoever has the bigger budget to sponsor publications like this one.
    Myam, tastes soo delicious. If I was you, I’d stick with my bowel.

  • HumanWisdom

    Now that is rational thinking. I also doubt that large doses of honey or maple syrup won’t hurt – sugar is sugar, there’s some minerals – antioxidants, yeah they’re gonna stick to the glucose through digestion and blood stream… sure, I’ll believe that right away, and aroma added in honey, aha – that’s obviously BS, so how are they even coming to this “conclusion” ?