We do not often think of our food as a source of possible illness. But the truth is, everything we consume can and does affect our bodies. Here are some foods that are known to cause cancer. First, anything genetically modified is a big no no. Genetically modified organisms, or GMO’s as health experts refer to them, cause cancer. The problem is that they are everywhere and in everything, which is frustrating. To avoid them, tap into organic food and locally grown foods (since they tend to be grown without biotechnology).
Another food that can cause cancer is processed meats. I had to learn this: most processed meats, like bacon and hot dogs, have chemicals that make them appear fresh. But these chemicals that are added can also cause cancer. According to naturalnews.com, sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate are linked to increasing the risk of colon cancer and other forms of cancer as well. Grass fed meats tend to be a better option, or go vegetarian or vegan! (Before all the vegans in the house say, “I told you so,” processed faux meat is just as bad, if not worse that processed meat. Eat natural).
Just like processed meats, soda has been linked to cancer. It is full of sugar, coloring, food chemicals and thus it acidifies the body and feeds cancer cells, literally!
Next is something you probably never even thought would be dangerous: microwave popcorn. The popcorn itself is not bad for you. If you eat air popped popcorn, your chances of getting cancer are slim. However, microwave popcorn with butter and all the fancy works. The microwave popcorn is lined with chemicals that cause infertility and also testicular, liver and pancreatic cancer.
Not only is soda bad for you, but so is diet soda. According to the Fat Loss Factor, European Food Safety Authority has had over 20 separate studies showing that aspartame, a common sweetener in diet soda (and regular soda, too) causes birth defects and cancer. Splenda has also been linked to causing cancer.
Refined flour is also another potential cancer causing food. Using it in excess can cause cancer. Regular consumption of refined flour, according to Epidemiology, Mile Markers, and Prevention found that refined carbohydrates was linked to a 220 percent increase in chances of getting breast cancer among women. The food has high glycemic levels which also have a connection to raising blood sugar levels in the body and thus directly feeds cancer.
Refined sugars are also another cancer causing foods. They raise insulin levels and feed growth of cancer cells. If you think you are not consuming that much sugar, look carefully at packages of food and look for high fructose corn syrup. It tends to be used in a lot of food. Unfortunately, it tends to be found in cookies, cakes, sodas, juices, cereals, and other foods. Cancer cells metabolize high fructose corn syrup quickly to reproduce. We do not want that, right? So, read the food packages. Avoid high fructose corn syrup as much as you can.
If you think eating fruits is the best way to satisfy your sweet tooth, my only warning is to make sure that the fruits are pesticide free. Apples, grapes, and strawberries are among the offenders. Buying your fruit organic or verified to be pesticide free can help you avoid cancer. Otherwise, the pesticides are a major cancer causing risk.
Another cancer causing food is hydrogenated oils which change the structure of cell membranes in the body. They tend to be used to preserve processed food and keep them on the shelves for longer periods of time. Trans fats are still used with processed foods, even though manufacturers are trying to stop using hydrogenated oils and use palm oil and other non-cancer causing alternatives.
Although avoiding all of these foods is a good idea, it won’t necessarily prevent you from developing cancer. Visit this site to learn more ways to prevent cancer.