Stop Eating These 10 Foods That Give You Cancer
Most people think about the foods they should eat to stay healthy and cancer-free, but how often do you think about the foods you should stop eating?
The foods that cause cancer – but can easily be avoided.
Good health isn’t just about what you do eat, it’s about what you don’t eat, too.
Take a look at these 10 foods that cause cancer and make sure you aren’t sabotaging your healthy eating habits.
10 Foods that Cause Cancer
1) Alcohol: While a glass of wine – or two, for men – is good for your heart, too much alcohol can be bad for you. Excessive alcohol use is actually the second highest cause of cancer, coming in just behind tobacco use. It raises the risk of mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, and liver cancer in men and women. As for that single glass of wine for women? Unfortunately that’s all it takes to increase a postmenopausal woman’s risk of breast cancer by 30%. So women, evaluate your risks, and decide if heart health or breast health is your priority before you pour that glass.
2) Canned Tomatoes: Any canned goods, really – but especially canned tomatoes. The linings of the cans are made with a chemical called BPA, which is known to affect the way genes behave in the brains of rats, and is believed to cause cancer in humans. Canned tomatoes are especially susceptible to absorbing the BPA due to their high acidity levels. Because of this, the BPA can leech from the can lining into the tomatoes, and not just onto them.
3) Farmed Salmon: Wild salmon is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, but the story’s very different when you start talking about farmed salmon.
The diets in wild salmon are natural, whatever they find in their river. But the diets of farmed salmon are contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals, pesticides, banned toxins, and even flame retardants. Even the bright pink color in farmed salmon is unnatural – it comes from being fed chicken litter that creates that color. All of which means when you eat farmed salmon, you eat all those carcinogens and contaminates.
4) Hydrogenated Oils: Hydrogenated oils like margarine were originally marketed as a healthy alternative to butter and other saturated oils. They lasted longer, and had fewer calories, so they were healthier. And a higher melting point meant they were good for frying. Until we learned the bad outweighed the good.
Unlike olive oil, most canola oil, and even butter, hydrogenated oils have to be chemically removed from their sources – but this chemical process changes the way the oils interact with your body. Hydrogenated oils actually change the flexibility and very structure of cell membranes in your body. These changes make you susceptible to cancers, heart disease, and more.
5) Microwave Popcorn: When you think about healthy snacks, most of us put popcorn high on the list. And that’s appropriate – usually. But if you’re grabbing a bag of popcorn and throwing it in the microwave, it’s gone from healthy to dangerous – and it’s not even the popcorn that’s the problem. It’s the bag!
Those little bags are a big problem, no matter how convenient they may seem. See, they’re lined with chemicals that have been tied to liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancers. Plus, they’re lined with perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which may increase the risk of kidney and bladder cancer.
6)Potato Chips: The poor potato. We take a relatively healthy vegetable, cut it up, deep fry it, and turn it into an unhealthy snack. Okay, so you know that potato chips aren’t a health food, but surely as a treat every now and then, they aren’t too bad for you, right? Wrong. Because it’s not just about calories or fat grams with potato chips. They’re also a food that causes cancer.
The high temperatures used to get that crunch you love so much creates acrylamide, a known carcinogen. What makes it even sadder is that, while all foods cooked to these temperatures may create acrylamide, potato chips (and French fries) contain the highest levels.
7) Processed Meats: For many people, breakfast isn’t breakfast without bacon or sausage, and no cookout would be the same without hot dogs and sausage on the grill. Unfortunately, the very thing that helps preserve them also makes them shockingly unhealthy.
What “processed meats” means is that they are cured with sodium nitrite/sodium nitrate – which turns into a carcinogenic in your body. Nitrites are linked to statistically higher risks of colorectal, stomach, and pancreatic cancer. In fact, people who ate large quantities of processed meats had a 44% greater risk of death from cancer over people who ate less processed meats.
8) Red Meat: Speaking of cookout, if you can’t have your hot dog, you can at least keep your hamburger, right? Well, that depends. As little as a ¼ pound of red meat per day can increase a man’s risk of cancer by 22% and a woman’s risk by 20%. So a daily burger – or roast beef sandwich, or taco – increases the risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancers.
But there is good news - eating reasonable amounts of organic, grass-fed beef may actually help protect you against cancer. So when it comes to red meat, feel free to splurge on the good stuff.
9) Soda: Tonic. Pop. Soft drink. It’s all the same in terms of nutrition and chemical makeup. Because whatever you call it, the sugar, chemicals and colorings in soda have been linked to cancer.
As few as 2 sodas per week were enough to double a person’s risk of pancreatic cancer in one study. And because the chemicals and colorings contribute to the higher rates of cancer just as much as the sugar does, switching to diet sodas (which carry their own risks) won’t solve the issue. Your best bet is to put down the soda altogether.
10) Sugar: Sugar is a double whammy . First, sugar is linked to diseases that increase your risk for cancer. But sugar itself also feeds cancer cells. Yes, all cells use sugar to grow – but it feeds cancer cells particularly well. How well you ask?
Women who ate high-glycemic foods were nearly three times more likely to develop colorectal cancer. High blood sugar levels have been tied to cancers of the skin, pancreas, uterus, breasts, and urinary tract. And finally, women who ate a diet high in carbohydrates – which the body processes as sugar – were more than twice as likely to develop breast cancer.
I’m sure someone of these foods that cause cancer might not have been surprising to you. Others… well, even I was shocked.
So don’t feel bad if you didn’t know that these foods could cause cancer. In fact, be pleased you know – because starting now you can get to the next level and take control of your health.