Is high-fructose corn syrup causing millions of American cancer deaths?

I’ve read before that fructose is a very unhealthy sugar, so I’ve long avoided products with high-fructose corn syrup. I don’t drink sodas and buy only all-natural ice cream (made with sugar and cream and no high-fructose corn syrup).

But I do indulge in bananas, something I may reconsider now that researchers have discovered one major way fructose can devastate your health:

Pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate, U.S. researchers said on Monday in a study that challenges the common wisdom that all sugars are the same.

Tumor cells fed both glucose and fructose used the two sugars in two different ways, the team at the University of California Los Angeles found.

They said their finding, published in the journal Cancer Research, may help explain other studies that have linked fructose intake with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancer types.

“These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation,” Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center and colleagues wrote.

Posted by James on Wednesday, August 04, 2010