Today, there is so much noise surrounding possible causes of cancer that it is hard to explain what to stay away from. But, the good news is that especially for food, there are not that many types linked to cancer. While obesity or extra weight raises the problems related to cancer, food, in general, lesser carcinogenic as compared to radiation, smoking, or viruses, however, you may think that you are doing the right thing for your health by eating low-calorie popcorn or drinking diet sodas. But, you don’t know you’re actually eating some of the really bad foods that are responsible for causing cancer!
Here are few of the biggest carcinogen culprits and cancer-causing foods that you should try to avoid at all costs!
You may have heard that nutrient Lycopene in tomatoes reduces the risk of cancer. But, that benefit is not present when the lining of canned tomatoes consists of chemicals that are known to disrupt hormonal activity in the body. Due to the acidic nature of tomatoes, the chemical BPA leaches from the lining into the tomatoes. This BPA is a toxic chemical is responsible for different cancers, reproductive problems and heart disease. So, the best piece of advice from Doctor Valley’s best cancer doctors and specialists in India is to stew the tomatoes yourself or go with a glass jar to make a nice red sauce yourself.
Processed white flour
You may already know that processed white flour is not good for your health. But you probably are not familiar with the fact that the white flour is chemically-bleached with chlorine gas that kills all of its healthy nutrients. And when inhaled chlorine gas can prove deadly. So, do you still want it in your dinner? Due to the presence of a high glycemic rate in white flour, the problems like high blood sugar and insulin levels occur, which can directly cause diabetes. As the cancerous tumours feed on sugar in the bloodstream, it is good to avoid refined grains such as processed white flour. It will help you starve deadly tumours. Most importantly, you can also lose a lot of weight by cutting out anything white, especially the big culprit, the white flour.
From actual contents to the chemically-lined bags, microwave popcorn has become a hot topic of lung cancer debates around the world. According to researchers at UCLA, this chemical lining is a part of a class of compounds (PFOA) that are linked to infertility in humans. The chemicals can cause liver, testicular and pancreatic cancers. And microwaving causes these chemicals to vaporize, and migrate into your popcorn. So, if you can’t give up your favourite snack, switch to the old-fashioned way – it doesn’t release toxic fumes, tastes better, and is a healthier choice for you.
To add colour, flavour and extend the shelf life of meats, hot dogs, sausage, bacon and lunch meats are often preserved and processed with chemicals like sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite. As per the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO), the levels of nitrates and nitrites in foods are a reason of major concern and more research is needed to evaluate the risk of dietary exposure.
GMOs (genetically modified organisms)/Glyphosate
As GMOs does not undergo any testing by the FDA, they have made their way into the majority of our foods. The GMO foods are engineered to withstand heavy doses of a pesticide called glyphosate or are modified to contain a toxin that kills bugs. Several independent testing also shows that GMOs cause rapid tumour growth and is hence known as one of the worst cancer-causing foods. Currently, in the U.S., GMOs are not disclosed on food labels. Moreover, Glyphosate, the most common pesticide sprayed on GM crops is linked to birth defects, non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, intestinal discomfort, among other things. Thus, the only way to stay away from GMOs and pesticides is to choose certified organic foods.
Unlike olive oil, soy or canola oil, hydrogenated oils or vegetable oils are not naturally extracted. They are chemically removed. However, they are commonly used in many foods to preserve and extend their shelf life. But, yet they are a cancer-causing agent, and their consumption may lead to heart disease, congenital disabilities, and many other fatalities. So, instead of cooking with hydrogenated oils, check your labels for healthy oils such as olive, soy and canola.
When our body consumes alcohol, it produces a chemical compound known as acetaldehyde. And this harmful chemical compound may damage DNA, consequently leading to cancer. Research states that the more you drink alcohol, the higher is your risk for developing certain kinds of cancer like oesophagal, head, neck, liver, colorectal and breast cancers. However, we are not advising you to quit alcohol completely, but if you choose to indulge, limit your alcohol consumption to only two serving per day if you’re a man, or no more than one serving per day if you are a woman.
Farmed salmon is one of the leading causes of high-risk cancer and thus falls in the category of cancer-causing foods. Farmed salmon does not only lack vitamin D, but it is often infused or contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), pesticides, antibiotics and flame retardants. And these all are determined as major sources of cancer.
The high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and other refined sugars are the biggest cancer causing food. Refined sugars and foods made with refined sugars are the source of major insulin spikes that further feed the growth of cancer cells. However, fructose-rich sweeteners are particularly considered more offensive, as cancer cells can easily and quickly metabolize them to proliferate. And since most of the popular food items like cakes, pies, cookies, sodas, juices, sauces, cookies, cereals, and many other processed food items are loaded with HFCS and other refined sugars, it’s of no surprise why cancer rates are on the rise these days.
Now that you know about the most common cancer-causing foods, you should completely eliminate them from your life. This will not only lower your risk of cancer, but you’re going to feel better from the inside out as well.