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Western diet’s reliance on sugar could increase risk of breast cancer

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High amounts of dietary sugar, which is more common of a Western-style diet, may increase the risk of cancer.

Researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center studied mice genetically influenced to breast cancer and found that those fed more sugar had bigger tumors when contrast to those fed less sugar or only starch.

The study authors performed four different studies in which the mice were unsystematized into different diet groups and fed one of four diets.

The study author Lorenzo Cohen of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, told Science World Report, “We were very careful in our research to expose the animals to the equivalent standard sugar dosages of what humans consume.” He noted that the lowest dose the mice were fed was 9 teaspoons of sugar a day while the highest dose was 37 teaspoons a day.

According to previous research, they links a Western-style diet to an increased risk of cancer–going along with recent findings published in the journal Nature, suggesting that a higher majority of cancer deaths worldwide are the result of avoidable lifestyle choices.

Health official’s continuously recommend that we limit refined sugar intake. In fact, last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that our daily intake of added sugars be reduced from 10 percent of our total energy intake to below 5 percent (6 teaspoons).

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), adult women should only get up to 5 teaspoons (20 grams) of added sugar per day, while adult men should only get up to 9 teaspoons of added sugar per day (36 grams). Children should only get up to 3 added teaspoons of sugar per day (12 grams).

“Part of the challenge is it’s [sugar] hidden,” Cohen said. “The other item that I think we do as a society is that we go through life very mindlessly when we eat.”

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