Hi there! I am Dr. Lisa Schwartz and today I am going to talk about the impact that sugar consumption can have on cancer and other chronic diseases. This involves talking about something called the glycemic index and chronic inflammation.
Sugar is a carbohydrate. Carbohydrates serve as an immediate source of energy for our cells. When you eat a carbohydrate, it can release its sugar into the bloodstream very quickly or relatively slowly. This fact alone plays a very important role in determining how healthy that carb will be for you.
So carbohydrates can be categorized according to how quickly they release sugar into the bloodstream. A spoonful of table sugar gets absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly and rapidly raises blood sugar levels.
As a consequence, your body releases a big batch of insulin to bring the blood sugar down to a normal level. Insulin takes the sugar out of the bloodstream and puts it...