Cancer Cells Use Fructose To Thrive

August 4th, 2010 - 8:08 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

cancercells August 4, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): US researchers are believed to have made a startling discovery when they found out that the pancreatic cancer cells feed on fructose. The fructose helps them to divide and proliferate, the researchers explained. The findings directly challenge the theory that all sugars are equal.

The tumor cells when supplied with both glucose and fructose, used them in entirely different ways, said the researchers associated with the University of California, LA.

The results of the study have been published in the journal called the ‘Cancer Research’ and may prove helpful to those who have already found links between fructose and the deadly pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Anthony Heaney along with his colleagues from the Jonsson Cancer Center at the UCLA stated that the cancerous cells in the pancreas can easily metabolize the fructose and utilize it to divide and grow.

This will have a profound significance on the diet of the cancer patients. Non consumption of fructose in the refined form or any kind of food that stimulates fructose mediated action may actually go a long way in inhibiting the cancer cells.

Americans are known for their high sugar intake particularly fructose which is found in corn syrups, soft drinks, an assortment of breads as well as other products.

American Heart Association had long been concerned over the high intake of sugar which not only results in obesity put is also the primary cause of heart diseases, diabetes and stroke.

A number of states including New York and California have weighed taxing of artificially sweetened soft drinks. The giants Coca Cola and Kraft Foods have so far been successful in evading the proposed tax on soda.

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