Over the last several decades, certain foods have been vilified as being potentially carcinogenic, or capable of causing cancer. So which ones are the biggest culprits? And how can you eat to prevent cancer or reduce the chances of a recurrence if you’ve been diagnosed? The potentially cancer-causing foods includes:-
The Aspartame- cancer link
Most of us believe that Diet soda is healthier than the normal cola. I am sorry for breaking the bad news but it is not. Infact having diet cola everyday increases the risk of leukemia by 42 percent, increase multiple myeloma risk in men by 102 percent, and increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 31 percent in men.
Sodium Nitrite in hot dogs is listed as one of the cancer causing agent, so the children are advised by The Cancer Prevention Coalition against eating more than 12 hot dogs a month.
Hydrogenated oils, white flour, sugar, and acrylamides present is doughnuts make it a dangerous food choice. Reader’s Digest calls doughnuts “disastrous” as a breakfast food.
Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)
There is no need to mention that GMOs have no legal place in any cancer-free diet. GMOs and the chemicals used to grow them have been shown to cause tumor growth. Sadly GMOs are everywhere but, you can avoid them by eating only certified organic, certified non-GMO verified, and locally-grown foods that are produced naturally without biotechnology.
Most processed meat products like bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, contain chemical preservatives that keep them fresh, which is touted as another cancer causing agent. Both sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate have been linked to significantly increasing the risk of colon and other forms of cancer.
Fries are made with hydrogenated oil and fried at high temperatures are probably the worst recipe ever. They clog your arteries with saturated fat and trans fat and contain acrylamides.
Sugar is not so sweet for cancer cells. Although all the cells in our body need sugar, including the healthy ones for their growth but cancer cells use sugar more efficiently, and in greater quantities.
How to Avoid Cancer?
While some foods have been associated with an increased risk of certain kinds of cancer, other foods are believed to help reduce your risk. Most notably, bight leafy green vegetables and colorful fruits contain antioxidants and a host of other helpful nutrients that keep the body working the way it’s supposed to. In addition to the vitamins, minerals, fiber and “other bioactive components that may directly impact cancer risk,” vegetables and fruits may also “potentially have indirect impacts” on cancer risk. “Individuals who eat more fruits and vegetables tend to have less weight gain and a lower risk of developing obesity and there’s a strong link between obesity and cancer risk.”
A bright orange spice found in many Indian dishes – to your diet may help reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a hallmark feature of cancer and other chronic diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, and many doctors and researchers believe that decreasing inflammation can reduce the risk of cancer. Increasing your intake of fiber might also help reduce your risk of cancer, specifically colorectal and gastric cancers.