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Fructose and Pancreatic Cancer

August 12,2010
Sweet Pea Chef
Jessica Efird

Jessica, aka the Sweet Pea Chef, is a former U.S. Senate staffer/weekend gourmet turned full-time mom/family gourmet. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

I try not to blink at most health studies, especially studies connected to food, as it seems every other day there is a study that conflicts the former. One week a study comes out that encourages us to drink more coffee, as it helps protect against Alzheimer’s Disease, and the next, a study telling us to limit coffee consumption in order to protect against stomach problems, calcium loss or stained teeth! If nothing else, most of these food studies prove that while we know a lot about vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, and that they are very important for good overall health, there is no magic bullet or simple diet change that can revolutionize your health. Perhaps this is a good thing; would you really want to find out that the best way to ward off a terrible disease was to eat only one individual food? Eating a variety of foods is your best defense, as best as we can study today. So again, I don’t usually take much interest in medically related food studies, but a study that was recently released did catch my eye: Researchers at UCLA found that pancreatic cancer cells feast on fructose. Why did this study get my attention? I have a cynical view of high fructose corn syrup… But more importantly, SPH’s family has a history of pancreatic cancer, and it is one of the most fatal types of cancer. It is important to note that this study is not a call to hysteria over high fructose corn syrup. Fructose exists in regular ole’ sugar, but obviously the inference is that high (emphasis on “high”) fructose corn syrup, could potentially be more of a promoter of cancer. Like most health studies, there is no shown casual link, but at the very least, it does give me further support for my anti-high fructose view. SPC
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