by  Carolanne Wright

March 31, 2016
from Thrive-Living Website







A few vegetarian and vegan hackles will be raised due to research demonstrating a low-carb diet may be a better choice for preventing and healing cancer.


Unfortunately, vegetarian diets tend to rely heavily on carbohydrates - mainly in the form of grains. When excessive carbohydrates are consumed, tumor growth is aggravated as a consequence of increased glucose and insulin levels.


Considering the typical Western diet is 55 percent carbohydrate, it's no wonder cancer rates are through the roof. The problem is further inflamed by organizations like the American Cancer Society who advocate atrocious food choices for cancer patients.


Rife with propaganda and misinformation, the establishment has kept the myth of healthy high-carbohydrate diets alive.



Glucose - The silent killer

Think of glucose as nourishment for cancer - malignant cells thrive on it.


And since carbohydrates convert to glucose within the body, carb-heavy diets are problematic for those wishing to avoid or treat cancer. When ingested in small quantities, carbohydrates supply energy for both the body and mind.


But if the diet becomes overly laden with grains, starches and sugars, glucose levels rise and so does the risk for cancer.


Adding fuel to the fire is the USDA food pyramid which recommends an astonishing 6-11 servings of grains each day. On the current "Choose My Plate" USDA program, up to half a pound of grains daily is considered healthy for the average adult male.


Incredibly, the American Cancer Society recommends high-carb foods for cancer patients. Angel food cake, cookies, bread and muffins are endorsed as nutritious "snack foods" for those struggling with this devastating disease.


In the end, if chemotherapy doesn't kill you, the American Cancer Society will.

Think outside the popular pyramid

Instead of being drawn into the carbohydrate-rich pyramid propaganda, an alternative is found with a high-quality paleo diet.


Organic grass-fed beef, eggs from pastured chickens, fish, healthy fats like olive and coconut, an abundance of berries and vegetables along with nuts and seeds keep this style of eating healthful.


Even though a paleo diet contains more carbohydrates than a strict ketogenic plan, it eliminates the carbs that are the most dangerous: grains, starches and refined sugar.


All three are converted to glucose rapidly, prompting an insulin spike.


Not only does this strain the pancreas, but insulin actually encourages tumor growth. A low-carbohydrate diet forces the body to use fat for fuel instead of sugar. Normal cells can utilize fat readily, but cancer cells cannot. By severing the glucose supply to cancerous cells, the disease has a better chance of being healed.

A study at the British Columbia Cancer Research Center in Canada found that mice who consumed a high-protein, low-carb diet experienced slower tumor growth and longer life spans than mice who were fed a typical Western diet rich in carbohydrates.


The researchers believe these findings are applicable to humans as well. Gerald Krystal, head of the study, states,

"…Tumor cells, unlike normal cells, need significantly more glucose to grow and thrive. Restricting carbohydrate intake can significantly limit blood glucose and insulin, a hormone that has been shown in many independent studies to promote tumor growth in both humans and mice."

Krystal continues,

" …a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet has the potential to both boost the ability of the immune system to kill cancer cells and prevent obesity, which leads to chronic inflammation and cancer."







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