In this new age of research, Scientists have recently discovered that amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, are cancers preferred source of fuel, thereby enhancing the growth of cancerous cells. Sugar, also referred to as glucose, is now known to be cancers ‘secondary preference as a fuel source‘, yet when amino acids are in short supply, these rogue cancerous cells still depend on glucose to rapidly grow and multiply uncontrollably.
The first ‘enlightening insight’ has come from learning that artificial sweeteners are primarily derived from ‘amino acid compounds’, which, as we already know are chemicals used by plants and animals to create proteins that are essential for life. Of the 20 naturally occurring amino acids, two of them, aspartic acid (a non essential amino acid) and phenylalanine (an essential amino acid), are chemically modified and used in the manufacture of aspartame, being just one of many brand names for ‘altered sweeteners‘.
The second ‘enlightening insight‘ comes in the knowledge that these ‘man-made sweeteners’ still seek out and latch onto ‘glucose receptors‘ in the same way as does sugar. It has also been shown that many cancerous cells have an excess amount of glucose receptors on the cell surface compared to normal healthy cells, allowing glucose to be taken up in larger quantities.
By linking all this information together, one would have to theorize that ‘altered or man-made sweeteners‘ may therefore provide cancer cells a ‘double hit‘ of two of it’s most favored foods – a combination of both amino acids and glucose, thereby creating a ‘perfect environment‘ for cancerous cells to thrive!!
“Artificial sweeteners fit these glucose receptors better than sugar”
Due to heavy criticism, many people have taken steps to avoid these artificially modified sweeteners altogether, yet its consumption by people conscious about their calorie intake continues to soar. However, with this new insight at hand, relating to the ‘amino acid / aspartame / glucose connection‘, it could just be the catalyst to prompt people with or without a cancer diagnosis, to take a more proactive stance by ‘assessing their intake and choosing wisely’.