The Link Between Sugar and Cancer

Workout of the Day--January 19, 2016

Partner WOD
As a team of 2, complete:
10 Rounds
30 DB deadlifts (55/35) or Bar (115/75)
30 DB Push Press (55/35) or Bar (115/75)
Must perform min. of 20 reps before switching
5 burpees for both partners everytime you switch

 
 

The Link Between Sugar and Cancer

Nutrition is a big component of health and fitness. We talk a lot about it at Catacombs and we just completed a 12 day challenge where nutrition was a big component. There are so many different camps out there on which type of diet is "the best" (paleo, vegetarian, Zone, etc.). It is exhausting and confusing to understand which is right for each individual situation. My personal opinion is that there is no ONE right answer, but all offer some components that can help us improve our nutrition scenario. Without exception though, they all share a common foundation in advocating the avoidance of refined sugar. Why? Because as a country we consume excessive amounts of it and it is killing us. Diabetes, Alzheimer's, hypertension, heart disease, obesity and a whole host of other diseases are strongly linked to excess sugar consumption. And now we can add cancer to the list. 

NBC news published a story on a new study that was just completed by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and published in the journal Cancer Research. The article, Here's How Sugar Might Fuel the Growth of Cancer, is worth reading. I'll some it up for you in two quotes:

The implications for people are clear. Cohen notes that fructose consumption in the U.S. surged from about half a pound a person a year in 1970 to more than 62 pounds a year in 1997.

And, summing up the results in mice that were selected because they were genetically pre-disposed to breast cancer:

30 percent of subjects fed a starch-dominant diet had breast cancer. But half the mice that had been fed extra sucrose had breast tumors. And the more sugar they were fed, the bigger the tumors grew.

I am not in the business of telling people what they should and shouldn't eat (okay, well, I guess I sort of am...). I believe that I have an obligation to pass along the science as the food and beverage industry spend billions of dollars to have you believe a different message. We all have room for improvement in our nutrition, but most of us would benefit greatly from one single simple change: eliminating processed sugar from our diet.