One of the biggest fads today is the ketogenic diets or low-carb diets.
Everybody blames sugar for all of their problems.
And then you have the claims that “sugar feeds cancer.”
So a lot of people start this low-carb diet for cancer treatment.
In their efforts to not feed cancer sugar, people embark on these very low-carb diets.
However, when you are on a low-carb diet, your body will create sugar.
Your body must have sugar to feed the blood cells and feed the brain.
Both the brain and the blood require a constant sugar level to survive.
In fact, they cannot survive without it — they must have sugar.
So, your body makes sugar even if you don’t eat it.
And your body also will make what are called ketones, or ketone bodies.
Ketone bodies are fuel.
Ketone bodies can be fantastic fuel.
The body can easily get them in from the coconut oil in your diet.
But that’s not the only thing the body uses to make ketone bodies.
And this study shows the negative impact there is when the body makes ketones instead of eating them.
The process the body uses to make ketones feeds cancer.
I want you to understand this because this is so important.
Eating fats like coconut oil or MCT Oil by themselves will increase your ketones and are not harmful.
On the other hand, if you eat a low-carb diet, and force your body to make its own ketones, it’s very bad.
It can be very harmful, and that is what this study really talks about.
In this carefully crafted study, they perform their research on breast cancer cells.
But the same type of cancer affects men as prostate cancer.
And the effects can probably be generalized for any cancer.
They found that the process of producing your OWN ketones:
increases the mitochondrial mass and growth of adjacent breast cancer cells….and effectively promote tumor growth, without a significant increase in tumor angiogenesis.
This statement is important because it shows that if you are on a ketogenic diet, the process of generating your own ketones promotes cancer growth.
And that this cancer growth does not require additional blood vessels.
Ketones are so effective at feeding cancer that the cancer tumor can grow without having to gain additional blood vessels.
This is a striking finding.
And it really should give anybody on a ketogenic diet or a low-carb diet something to think about.
Worse, it’s not just feeding the growth of the tumor,
ketone body production and re-utilization drive tumor progression and metastasis.
The fact is that a low-carb diet is a high-stress diet.
The body is designed to get most of its fuel from carbohydrates in the form of sugar or starch.
Now, the body will store fuel as fat when it has extra fuel.
And then the body will use its fat to protect against starvation.
It’s very difficult to lose fat because the body wants to hold onto it in case it needs it later.
It put a lot of effort into creating that fat store — the body isn’t going to risk losing it easily.
So, it’s important that if you do want to lose fat and regain your health, you should not to go on to a low-carb or ketogenic diet.
There are many problems with this type of diet.
And now we know that cancer is yet another problem with low-carb diets.