8 Cancer-Causing Foods You Should NEVER Eat!

We all know of one or two people who, despite doing all the right things and being incredibly healthy, still wound up with cancer.

Thankfully, such cases are far from normal, accounting for as little as 10% of all cancer diagnoses.

The other 90%? Failure to make healthy lifestyle choices gets the blame for their cancer, according to two recent studies.

And what do researchers mean by lifestyle? Well, a large part of that is diet.

In fact, roughly one third of all cancers are caused by food and drink, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

So what food should you avoid? I’m glad you asked! Here are 10.

1. Farmed Fish

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According to research by the Environmental Working Group, farmed fish contain 16 times more carcinogenic chemicals than wild fish.

One large reason for this is that farmed fish are fed contaminated fish meal.

In three independent studies, scientists tested 37 commercial fish meals from around the world and found carcinogenic PCBs in just about all of them.

If you’re going to buy fish, make sure it’s wild. These guidelines from the Natural Resource Defense Council will also come in handy.

Also Read: 4 Disgusting Reasons Why You Should Avoid Farmed Fish

2. Hydrogenated Oils

Hydrogenation is an industrial process that turns unsaturated fat into a stable solid fat, resulting in trans fatty hydrogenated oil.

Trans fats have been proven in several studies (such as this one) to increase one’s risk of cancer. Those who consume the most trans fats through hydrogenated oils have a 25% higher risk of death than those who consume the least.

Hydrogenated oils include canola oil, soybean oil and certain vegetable oils. Use olive oil instead.

Also Read: Canola Oil Is Linked To A Higher Risk Of Cancer!

3. Microwave Popcorn

shutterstock_21503698Microwave popcorn bags are lined with perfluorooctanoic acid, a compound that has been linked to various types of cancer, including liver, testicular and pancreatic cancer.

Microwaves present problems of their own by agitating the molecules in food, causing deformation.

Instead of using microwave popcorn, buy your own kernels and pop them using a skillet!

Also Read: 5 Shocking Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Part Of The 90% Of Americans Who Use Microwaves

4. Soda

4-methylimidazole is the chemical that gives certain sodas (cough, Coca Cola, cough) their caramel color.

Research has found that 4-MEI poses a cancer risk that is much greater than the commonly cited “acceptable” limit in the United States.

The aspartame found in diet sodas also causes cancer by disrupting the body’s metabolic system.

If you’re looking for a cool, refreshing drink, try this one instead.

5. Processed Sugar

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Processed sugar (as opposed to the natural variety in fruits) just may be one of the most dangerous substances in our diets.

In addition to being more addictive than cocaine, processed sugar actually feeds breast cancer cells, causing them to grow rapidly.

That’s quite disturbing, especially since Americans consume about half a pound of sugar every single day.

Instead of getting your sweet fix from artificial goods, pick up a banana or orange instead.

6. White Flour

When you eat white flour, your body releases insulin and insulin-like growth factor to help process the meal. This can lead to an excess of both compounds in the body, which stimulates cell growth and can essentially fertilize tumors.

Research has shown that those who get more than 57% of their energy intake from carbs like white flour have a 220% higher risk of breast cancer than people with a balanced diet.

Use products containing whole wheat flour instead. You can also buy whole wheat flour to use in your baking.

7. Soy

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Once upon a time, soy was considered a magical alternative to meat products. Research is quickly proving just how wrong we were at that time.

In many women, a diet with soy ‘turns on’ genes that cause cancer to grow in the breast. This is due to the estrogen-like compounds in soy that throw the body out of balance.

Additionally, nearly all of the soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. Genetic modification of food poses a number of risks on its own.

One Environmental Working Group study found that certain chemicals used in the process double cancer risk.

Use almond milk instead of soy. You can make your own using organic almonds! Check out this video from David for a recipe.

8. Processed Meat

Last year, the World Health Organization issued a notice stating that processed meat causes cancer.

Processed meat includes hot dogs, ham, bacon and sausages that have been modified in some way to extend shelf life or alter taste.

The link between processed meat and cancer was drawn by 22 experts from 10 countries who reviewed more than 800 studies. Eating just 50 grams of processed meat daily (one hot dog) increases one’s risk of colon cancer by 18%.

If you eat meat, replace the processed variety with organic meat from your local farmers.

Also Read: Doctors Are Urging You To Stop Feeding Your Children Hot Dogs. This Is Why!

Were you surprised by any of these foods? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Sources:
Cancer.gov
Environmental Working Group
Huffington Post
NaturalNews.com
AuthorityNutrition.com
MDAnderson.org
Canadian Cancer Society

Brandon

Brandon Richard is a writer, musician and blogger. He loves thinking creatively and finding new ways of looking at the world.

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2 comments
dustoff_ce - July 27, 2016

Interesting when I click on the link about the PFOA, it states the following which is conveniently left out of your ‘article’.

“But it isn’t clear if the way this chemical affects cancer risk in animals would be the same in humans.”

“Studies have looked at people exposed to PFOA from living near or working in chemical plants. Some of these studies have suggested an increased risk of testicular cancer with increased PFOA exposure. Studies have also suggested possible links to kidney cancer and thyroid cancer, but the increases in risk have been small and could have been due to chance.”

I could also die from a plane falling out the sky on to me.

It appears you have no f’ing clue what you are talking about, and never dig deeper than a sensational headline.

New flash, I could die in a car accident! Better stop driving a car!

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Cmj - July 27, 2016

They forgot to mention all the poison Monsanto and DuPont and other chemical companies are putting in our food to help mass production. Our food now is nothing but processed garbage and the only thing you can do is spend a fortune on organic. How pathetic a country we are when we have to pay more for food that isn’t full of poison than food grown naturally. Until this stops, nothing you eat that’s not organic is safe and is cancer causing.

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