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Does Sugar Feed Cancer Cells?

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Carbohydrate is the main source of energy for our body, and our brain. Carbohydrate is broken down into simple sugar during digestion and is the simplest nutrient utilised by our body cells. Various carbohydrate food that we commonly take are fruits, dairy products, rice, noodles, bread, crackers, bean products, and starchy vegetables including potatoes, corn, tapioca, and also sweetened drinks and desserts.

This means that there is no need to completely avoid sugar.

However, excessive intake of simple/refined sugar could increase our blood sugar more rapidly compared to intake of complex carbohydrate. When our blood sugar level is high, our pancreas will release insulin to convert the sugar. Hyperinsulinemia or excessive production of insulin is thought to cause inflammatory responses in our body that may lead to increased risk of cancer.

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