What are little girls made of? If the old saying is to be believed, it’s sugar and spice and everything nice.
Well, ladies, I hope you became a little less sweet as you grew up — because sugar can give you something a whole lot worse than cavities, pimples, and a muffin top.
It could give you breast cancer!
If there’s anything out there that loves sugar more than your sweet tooth, it’s a tumor. While some cancers love it more than others, new research finds that breast tumors are like kids in a candy store.
They just can’t get enough of the sweet stuff.
The more sugar you feed yourself, the more you feed your tumor — and a new study on mice shows exactly how.
According to the research, sugar kicks off an enzyme signaling process in tumor cells called 12-LOX and stimulates the production of a fatty acid called 12-HETE.
In plain talk, you’re giving a tumor just what it needs to grow, grow, grow.
In the study, nearly twice as many mice on a high-sugar diet developed breast tumors when compared to mice on a diet low in starch. The mice also developed more lung metastases, too.
The researchers tested different levels of sucrose and fructose and found that the higher the fructose, the more fuel the tumor gets.
This is particularly alarming, since the most common form of sugar in the Western diet is high-fructose corn syrup, which is used in everything from soda to salad dressing.
And that, my friend, could be why more than 40,000 women die of breast cancer every year.
For the most part, breast cancer is non-aggressive and, in most cases, just needs to be left alone. But if you’re stuffing sugar down your gullet, you just might wake up that sleepy tumor.
And once it’s alert, it could turn into a cold-blooded killer.
Yes, sugar is pretty much the exact OPPOSITE of everything nice…but stick with the spice, because spices can do so much more than add some zing to your meals.
They can actually FIGHT cancer!
One spice in particular, turmeric, contains a compound called curcumin known to choke tumors until they drop dead. It’s widely used in Indian food, but if you can’t stomach curry, it’s also available as a supplement.
I’ll have another use for turmeric coming up later today. Keep an eye on your inbox!