I owe the past 20 years as a cancer survivor mostly to learning that sugar is a growth food for cancer cells. The standard American diet, high in added sugars, is basically chemical fertilizers for tumor growth. This one simple change—eliminating added sugars from my diet—not only helped me survive and heal from cancer, but it helps every other system in my body thrive.
The good news is, we’ll soon know exactly how much added sugar is in most of our foods, as you'll see a new line for added sugar on food labels and hopefully way more of the term "no added sugar." Doctors and nutritionists have been pushing for years to see more truthful and transparent food labeling, and it seems that we are finally making progress. The actual grams of added sugar—not the real sugars that are naturally found in foods—will be listed on the label separately. This is a major step in reducing the rising epidemic of type 2 diabetes, which is projected to affect more than 30 percent of all Americans.
In my latest book, The Dr. Sears T5 Wellness Plan: Transform Your Mind and Body, 5 Changes in 5 Weeks—co-authored with my daughter, Erin Sears Basile—I want readers to know the importance of three simple words: Avoid sugar spikes! Persistent high blood sugar, mostly because of eating high-sugar foods, is the root cause of many illnesses. Therefore, it's important to live a blood-sugar-friendly lifestyle. Here's where to start: