Why are the rates of cancer going up? In 1840 the average American consumed 2 tsp of sugar a day...in 2011, a typical American consumes over 63 tsp of sugar PER DAY! Cancer LOVES glucose! This is why we test cancer patients by having them drink a “glucose” mix and watch where the cancer attacks. So you think, “Sure, just cut out the glucose from our diet.” BUT most people don’t understand where all the glucose is coming from. It isn’t just the sugar. “Complex carbohydrates” are structurally just glucose molecules hooked together in long chains. The digestive track breaks it down into glucose. So a sugary and a starchy diet are pretty much the same thing. So in essence a bowl of oatmeal, skim milk and a banana is just a huge bowl of sugar. We all know that sugar is bad, but we mistakenly believe complex carbohydrates are healthy and we need to eat them in abundance.
Whole wheat bread is high in sugar, higher than some candy bars and sugary sodas, and some scientists have proven that two slices of whole wheat bread will raise your blood sugar levels as high as if you were eating a candy bar.
According to the Life Extension article, eating two slices of whole wheat bread is worse than drinking a can of Coke or eating a candy bar. In 1981, the University of Toronto found that the Glycemic Index of white bread is 69 and whole-grain bread is 72. Wheat cereal is 67, but table sugar is only 52. That means the Glycemic Index of whole grain bread is higher than that of table sugar, which is also known as sucrose. For you “gluten free” readers out there...rice cakes are listed on the Glycemic Index at 77! This is why when people go “gluten free” and grab a lot of packaged “gluten free” items at the store, they gain weight rather than lose weight. And I'm not even really concerned about the weight issue here, I am concerned about high insulin levels causing cancer and heart disease as the video describes.
All starchy foods, like sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, and sweet foods, like fruits, raise blood sugar . When digested they are immediately absorbed into the bloodstream, causing an increase in the hormone insulin. Insulin clears sugar and fat from the blood and to be stored in the tissues for future use. No matter where the carbohydrates come from; 4 grams of carbohydrates equal one teaspoon of sugar in our body. Let me say that again…4 grams of carbohydrates equal 1 teaspoon of sugar in our body. So with that thought, a small Blizzard has 530 calories and 83 grams of carbohydrates; which equals 21 teaspoons of sugar. A 9 ounce bag of potato chips becomes 22 teaspoons of sugar! So a sugary diet is the same as a starchy diet. To read more, check out my book: Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.
For about 5 years now, German doctors have been testing cancer patients in a clinical study of a surprising prescription...fat. Their patients are on a ketogenic diet, which eliminates almost all carbohydrates and sugar, and provides energy only from high-quality fats.
You are thinking...”this sounds completely opposite of the ‘raw food’ juicing cancer diets, I have been reading about!” BUT this scientific evidence dates back more than 80 years. In 1924, Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg published his observations of a common feature he saw in fast-growing tumors: unlike healthy cells that can get energy by metabolizing sugar in the mitochondria, cancer cells appeared to fuel themselves only through glycolysis, a less-efficient means of creating energy through the fermentation of sugar in the cytoplasm. Warburg believed that this metabolic switch was the primary cause of cancer, a theory that he was unable to prove before his death.
If most aggressive cancers rely on the fermentation of sugar for growing and dividing, then take away the sugar and the cancer can stop spreading. Meanwhile, normal body and brain cells switch to generate energy from fatty molecules called ketones, the body’s main source of energy on a fat-rich diet with lots of coconut oil which naturally produces ketones.
Click HERE to listen to an awesome podcast on Cancer and Ketogenic Diets.
Sugar is toxic for so many reasons, which is why we shouldn't let our kids eat whatever they want. So my goal is to make lots of recipes your kids would enjoy too!
My recipe = $2.13 per pint.
Ben and Jerry's = about $4.00 per pint.
Cold Stone Creamery = $7.50 a pint and it has 2 GRAMS of trans-fat!
2 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk or 1 can coconut milk
1/2 cup Swerve or Just Like Brown Sugar (to keep it soft)
1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp Celtic sea salt (to keep it soft)
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix until well combined. Place into your ice cream machine (click HERE to find the one I love AND it is 1/2 off the original price!!!) and watch the magic happen within 45 minutes or according to your ice cream maker's directions. Freeze until set. Makes 5 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per 1/2 cup serving)
Traditional Pumpkin Sorbet = 354 calories, 23g fat, 2g protein, 39.3g carbs, 3.5g fiber (35.8 effective carbs)
"Healthified" Sorbet using almond milk = 26 calories, 1.4g fat, 1g protein, 2.9g carbs, 1.2g fiber (1.7g effective carbs)
"Healthified" Sorbet using coconut milk = 148 calories, 14g fat, 1.5g protein, 6.2g carbs, 1g fiber (5.2g effective carbs)
GIVEAWAY! I am giving away a box of ChocoPerfection bars once a month! To enter, add a comment to the blog and state what "healthified" recipe you enjoy the best! I will pick a winner in 2 weeks. Good Luck!