Are refined carbs responsible for cancer?

Esophageal cancer, associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Barrett’s esophagus, increased at an alarming rate from the 1990s to the late 2000s.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland assert esophageal cancer is “strongly correlated” with carbohydrate consumption, Reuters reports. Their study compared about 30 years of esophageal cancer data with food consumption patterns during the same period.

The story mentioned that GERD is linked to obesity and a high consumption of carbohydrates. In the study, refined carbohydrates with low nutrient levels, as opposed to those carbohydrates found in whole grains, were to blame for the cancer increase.

While it’s advisable to limit intake of refined carbohydrates, they sometimes cannot be avoided in our modern diets. A digestive enzyme supplement with high levels of amylase can help people properly break down and digest carbohydrates.

Further, digestive enzyme supplements and soothing herbs might help people who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders.


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