Archive for August, 2011

Cancer loves carbs?

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

In a recent study, researchers at the BC Cancer Agency were studying the effect of diet on cancer.  They found that simply reducing carbohydrates helped slow down the growth rate of cancer in mice.

The suggested intake of carbs was set at 15% for the low carb group.  So based on a 2,000 calorie diet, that’d be about 300 calories of carbs or about 75 grams of carbs per day.   For a 1,500 calorie per day diet, that equals out to roughly 50 – 60 grams of carbs per day.

The researchers also suggested that the increase in protein (60% of the diet) could help the immune system function better when compared to a higher carb/lower protein diet.  Ironically, the mice eating the Western diet (55% carbs) gained weight and had a higher incidence of cancer.

Even at 15% carbs for the day, that’s still plenty of carbs.  I have eaten less than 20 grams of carbs per day for a couple of months and personally noticed numerous health benefits.

The study also suggested that reducing carbs also helped increase the effectiveness of anti-caner drugs and the ever popular anti-inflammatory drug Celebrex.  I have commented in other posts that I thought a low carb diet even seemed to increase the effect of coffee (a natural drug).

Recently, I can’t help but to wonder if eating a low carb diet helps eliminate food allergies and consequently reduces systemic chronic inflammation caused by those allergies and just might ultimately help boost or even normalize the body’s immune system.  Just a thought of my own.