Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Day 479- Nutrition Bite

Cancers Sweet Tooth
Sugar feeds cancer according to cancer researchers. The process of glycosylation, where sugar molecules are attached to proteins, has long been of interest to scientists, particularly because certain sugar molecules are present in very high numbers in cancer cells. It now turns out that these sugar molecules are not only present but actually aid the growth of the malignant cells. In the long term this discovery is an important step towards a cure that can stop the growth of cancer cells.  More research is linked below if interested.

D. J. Gill, K. M. Tham, J. Chia, S. C. Wang, C. Steentoft, H. Clausen, E. A. Bard-Chapeau, F. A. Bard. Initiation of GalNAc-type O-glycosylation in the endoplasmic reticulum promotes cancer cell invasiveness. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2013; 110 (34): E3152 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1305269110

Sugar Preacher
As I research cancer and other chronic disease,  I'm determined to eat less refined sugar and enjoy a plant based diet. The food choices that we make every day can cause long term illness if we don't choose wisely. I'm grateful to learn more about the importance of a plant based diet as I journey through life. I have seen wonderful changes in my health due to eating more vegetables and fruits.