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Judith asked...

Restricting sugar for cancer patients...

Tags: diet

You don't mention the importance of restricting sugar for cancer patients. My question about sugars fuelling cancer is how to balance the need for fruit and the sugary content of fruit, albeit fructose. The quandary also applies to honey. I think your information needs to be more in- depth and informative in order to make the best choices.

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The answer

We thank you for your question about restricting sugar intake in cancer patients. There is no current robust research evidence to suggest that eating sugars such as lactose, maltose, sucrose, glucose and fructose (honey tends to be fructose) leads to the ‘fueling’ of cancers.

We do however need to reduce our overall sugar consumption to prevent weight gain. It is our approach of healthy eating and wellbeing that can reduce our risk of developing cancer.

We would suggest that you contact Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support for further guidance and support with regard to cancer and sugar intake.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses