Cancer is one of the most dreaded diseases of the modern age and diet plays an important role in causing cancer, apart from other factors such as genetics, exposure to chemicals and life style. To avoid cancer risk one should have basic knowledge about the food items that are harmful to our body. Eating good food is very important to keep healthier. Today’s world even homemade food is not completely safe. So avoid fast food, parties and junk food.
The unhealthiest, cancer causing foods that you should never eat again.
Genetically- modified organisms (GMOs)
The development of biotechnology has led to the increased production of genetically modified organisms for food. The genetically modified vegetables, fish and poultry are produced using chemicals that promote rapid growth of tumors in humans. Genetically modified corn, tomatoes, potatoes, soybeans, canola, salmons poses threat to our health and hence should not be considered as cancer free diet. Be cautions in selecting food items which are certified as non-GMO foods or organic foods produced using natural methods.
Meats preserved by smoking, curing/salting, or chemical preservatives that make them appear fresh, are linked to an increased risk of colon cancer. Both sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate have been linked to significantly increasing the risk of colon and other forms of cancer, so be sure to choose only uncured meat products made without nitrates, and preferably from grass-fed sources
Microwave popcorn might be convenient but the lining of the microwave popcorn bag contain perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA) which belongs to a class of compounds that is linked to liver, testicular and pancreatic cancers. When the bag is microwave, the chemicals vaporize and get absorbed by the popcorn which will ultimately reach your body.
Like processed meats, soda pop has been shown to cause cancer. It’s loaded with sugar, food chemicals and colorings; soda acidifies the body and literally feeds cancer cells. Common soda pop chemicals like caramel color and its derivative 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) have also specifically been linked to causing cancer.
Diet Foods, beverages
A recent scientific review issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is more than 20 separate research studies found that aspartame, one of the most common artificial sweeteners, causes a range of illnesses including birth defects and cancer. Sucralose, saccharin and various other artificial sweeteners have also been linked to causing cancer. Sweetened and carbonated beverages like soda and other drinks sold commercially have high levels of refined sugar, added color and preservatives.
Refined white flours
Refined flour is a common ingredient in processed foods, but its excess carbohydrate content is a serious cause for concern. Regular consumption of refined carbohydrates was linked to a 220 percent increase in breast cancer among women. High-glycemic foods in general have also been shown to rapidly raise blood sugar levels in the body, which directly feeds cancer cell growth and spread.
Refined sugars rend to rapidly spike insulin levels and feed the growth of cancer cells. Fructose-rich sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are particularly offensive, as cancer cells have been shown to quickly and easily metabolize them in order to proliferate. And since cookies, cakes, pies, sodas, juices, sauces, cereals, and many other popular, mostly processed, food items are loaded with HFCS which leads to cancer.
Conventional apples, grapes and other dirty fruits
Many people think they are eating healthy when they buy apples, grapes, or strawberries from the store. But unless these fruits are organic or verified to be pesticide-free, there could be a major cancer risk.
Hydrogenated oils are used for preparing the food which needs a longer shelf life. Hydrogenated vegetable oils can change the structure of the cell membrane and make them more susceptible to diseases like cancer. These trans-fats are still used by commercial food manufacturing units. Check the food labels to make sure that they are free of hydrogenated vegetable oil.
Canned tomatoes have a chemical ingredient called Bisphenol-A known to cause heart disease, infertility and intestinal damage.
Framed Salmon is a well-known Cancer-causing food. If you like Salmon you should eat a fresh one that has greater vitamin D content. There are many carcinogens and pesticides in framed salmon.