Halloween has been and gone, and with every sweet celebration to spook ourselves comes the barrage of advisory boards and officials sounding the alarm on candy laced with cannabis and other drugs. While the advice rarely needs heeding, another dangerous but common substance in these children’s treats is regularly ignored. The main ingredient: sugar.

The link between sugar and cancer has increasingly grown over the last decade. Researchers from KU University in Belgium have just offered further evidence of the dangers. Published in Nature Communications, a peer-reviewed journal, a nine-year joint research project was released, substantiating cancer cell growth through “fermenting sugar.” This is known as the Warburg effect.

In a press release, Johan Johan Thevelein, who co-founded the research project, said this of the findings:

“Scientists have clarified how the Warburg effect, a phenomenon in which cancer cells rapidly break down sugars, stimulates tumor growth. This discovery provides evidence for a positive correlation between sugar and cancer, which may have far-reaching impacts on tailor-made diets for cancer patients.”

It is the non-cancerous cells that produce energy that breaks down digested foods into energy. This process involves adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and is considered the “energy currency of life.” ATP is released when “glucose is converted into CO2 and H2O in the presence of oxygen,” explains Northwestern University.

The process of the cancer cells getting energy occurs, in contrast, when the sugar ferments.

“Our research reveals how the hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth. Thus, it is able to explain the correlation between the strength of the Warburg effect and tumor aggressiveness. This link between sugar and cancer has sweeping consequences,” Thevelein said.

Although researchers have cautioned that the next step is with patients in clinical trials before they can make further conclusions on both diet and treatment, the evidence is alarming.

Business Insider published how the study substantiated the Warburg effect:

“The researchers behind the new study observed yeast cells in the lab, and found that their fermentation process — the same one that cancer cells prefer — actually stimulates tumor growth.

“Their findings suggest that the most common cancer-causing genes, called Ras proteins, fuel aggressive tumors with their sugar intake. In short, sugar ‘awakens’ existing cancer cells, making them multiply and expand rapidly, according to these scientists.”

Despite any further research needed, sugar is linked to a growing number of health issues, with one 10-day study noting the positive effects on the body when starved of sugar. Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are just a few sugar-related diseases. Another study found that sugar is as addictive as cocaine.

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