- The sugar-cancer fear has the veneer of science, fuelled by reports made to appear scientific. Like all food fears, this one is nothing new. Each time it's been debunked, it resurfaces using a different technique or elaborate theory attempting to convince us that it is based on science.
- ...there is no truth to the rumor that sugar causes cancer, or that people with cancer shouldn't eat sugar because it causes cancer to grow faster...
- But that hasn't stopped people from continuing to blame cancer on sugars.
- ...try as they might, they were unable to find a viable correlation between GI/GL and any disease. None of the 37 studies, separately or lumped together, could come up with a tenable link.
The researchers, however, arrived at a different conclusion:
This meta-analysis provides high-level evidence that diets with a high GI, high GL, or both, independently of known confounders, including fiber intake, increase the risk of chronic lifestyle-related diseases. The effect was modest overall... Overall, the GI had a more powerful effect than did the GL... The findings indicate that the judicious choice of low-GI foods offers a similar or higher level of protection as whole-grain foods or high fiber intake in the prevention of chronic lifestyle-related disease.
The explanation for this dramatic contrast of conclusion with reality? with the study's own data?
- Not mentioned by any news reporter was that, except for the statisticians, the researchers who conducted this study are authors of GI diet books. Not only that, but they are with a GI testing service and a GI-based licensing program...
- "Overall, our findings do not support the hypothesis that a diet with a high glycemic load or index is associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer."
- And conversely, low-glycemic foods aren't associated with lower risks.
- There is no link.