Cancer is a disease that’s very difficult for most people to avoid throughout their entire lives. At some point, Cancer becomes a disease of old age and the longer you live, the higher your chances are of getting some type of Cancer. However, there are things we can do to avoid cancer by staying away from foods that are known to contribute to it. Read on to learn more about the 11 Cancer-Causing Food that are probably already in your diet that you need to avoid.
#1: Microwave Popcorn
Lots of people enjoy popcorn and view it as a healthy snack alternative when compared to tasty desserts like candy or ice cream. However, there are plenty of reasons why you should avoid it.
For starters, the lining of microwave popcorn bags contains Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) which has shown to increase instances of kidney, bladder, pancreas, liver and testicular cancers.
Not only is soda considered a source of empty calories that contributes to obesity, it also contains cancer-causing ingredients. Regular intake of soda can contribute to inflammation, insulin-resistance and gastro-esophageal reflux disease. The artificial food dyes and the chemical Derivative 4-Methylimidazole (4-MI) have been directly linked to cancer through numerous studies.
So cut out the soda and reach for a healthier alternative instead. A delicious, healthy and simple option is to drink some water with fresh lemon, orange or your other favorite citrus fruit squeezed in.
#3: Processed Meats
Don’t let the tasty image below fool you, processed and smoked meats may be delicious, but they’re certainly not good for you; especially in large quantities and as part of your daily diet.
Examples of highly processed meats include cold cuts/deli meats like turkey, ham and bologna, salted/cured meats like pepperoni, hot dogs and sausages. The Journal of BMC Medicine concluded that the chemicals and preservatives contained in these processed meats can be very damaging to your health. These additives make processed meats appear fresh and also help them taste delicious and fresh, but they also contain known carcinogens that can contribute to cancer.
In 2015, a groundbreaking report was released which concluded that meats contribute to an increased risk of cancer. The results of the study weren’t just referring to processed meats (though they were considered to be worse), but meats in general.
#4: Farmed Salmon
More than 60% of Salmon consumed in the U.S. is from farmed sources. Being that it’s one of the most popular fishes, this is a widespread issue. Farmed salmon are fed unnatural diets that contain antibiotics, pesticides, chemical additives and known carcinogens. Their diets are an effort to make their meat look more pink and appealing to dieters, but just because something looks good and appetizing doesn’t make it healthy.
Studies have also concluded that farmed salmon contain high levels of mercury and cancer-causing dioxins. So next time you’re at the grocery store, opt for wild-caught fresh salmon.
#5: Potato Chips
Potato chips are delicious, but I don’t think there’s anyone that feels great after eating an entire bag! Not only are they loaded with tons of sodium and trans fats that contribute to obesity, they’re also full of artificial flavors, food coloring and preservatives.
During the potato-chip making process, they are cooked at extremely high temperatures to make them crispy, but an unfortunate side-effect of this process is the creation of a material called Acrylamide – a known carcinogen also found in cigarettes.
#6: Non-Organic Fruits
Most people think of fruit as a healthy addition to their diets, and in some cases they would be correct. Unfortunately the fact is that fruits which aren’t organic are grown using unnatural farming methods that involve pesticides and high nitrogen-containing fertilizers.
One of these pesticides – called Atrizine – is already banned in Europe but is still actively used on U.S. farms.
#7: Processed White Flours
In case you haven’t heard by now, white flour is very bad for your health. For starters, almost all the nutrients in white flour are destroyed during the refining and milling process. And instead of waiting for flour to whiten over time, mills are using harmful chemicals to speed up the process. To bleach flour and give it that pure white color, many mills are using chlorine gas.
White flour that is processed is rated very high on the glycemic index, which means that it’s not only a direct cause of Diabetes, but it’s also thought to directly feed cancer cells – promoting their growth and spread, as cancerous tumors feed on sugar in the bloodstream.
#8: Smoked Foods
Smoked foods such as smoked meats, fish, nuts and more are loaded with unhealthy nitrates. Although nitrates themselves aren’t directly related to cancer, under certain conditions nitrates can transform into something more malicious once inside your body called N-nitroso, a chemical that is directly related to the development of various types of cancers.
Furthermore, during the smoking process, the foods absorb lots of tar (the same kind in cigarettes), which is a known carcinogen.
#9: Refined Sugars
Refined sugars found in candy, cakes, cookies, pies and more is known to spike insulin levels and contribute to cancer as it is the food of choice for cancer cells to grow and thrive. This was actually discovered way back in 1931 by a Nobel Laureate of Medicine – Otto Warburg. He discovered that cancers and tumors use sugars to feed themselves.
To grow and spread, cancer cells prefer feeding on fructose-rich sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup. The logic behind this is that high fructose corn syrup is being metabolized by cancer cells quickly and with the least amount of resistance.
#10: Hydrogenated Oils
Hydrogenated oils are overly-processed vegetable oils. They contain an excess amount of unhealthy Omega-6 fatty acids which are known contributors to heart disease and multiple types of cancers.
Not only are hydrogenated oils used in cooking, they’re also used as preservatives in a number of foods to keep them on shelves and in your cupboard longer without going bad.
#11: Artificial Sweeteners
Many people turn to artificial sweeteners to sweeten their coffee or for baking, thinking that they’re a safer, healthier alternative to sugar. The reality is that artificial sweeteners make it even more difficult for the body to regulate blood sugar.
Artificial sweeteners often contain the chemical Aspartame – which can break down into a deadly toxin known as DKP, which in turn produces chemicals known to cause cancer.