Many medical experts think cancer is complex set of many ailments, that can be triggered by many different factors. We’re here with eight foods you should avoid, as they can cause cancer!
First the factors that may trigger cancer:
- Lifestyle, bad diet, no workouts, tobacco
- Environment exposure to chemicals or radiation
Studies say that a bad diet and being inactive can make the risk of cancer bigger.
Like with other issues, cancer can be prevented. Lower the risk by:
- Having a healthy diet with veggies and fruits
- Stop smoking
- Have good body weight
Without further ado, the list of the worst 8 foods that cause cancer:
1. Refined and sugary foods
We all know that foods with refined sugar and fructose like corn syrup can lead to many health problems. So, these foods raise the insulin and this makes cancer cells grow more. In 2006, American Society for Clinical Nutrition journal said that people who ate lots of sugars had more chance of pancreas cancer. So, limit these foods and opt more for honey, stevia, maple syrup, molasses.
2. Red processed meats
Many harmful additives are in processed meats: bacon, ham, sausage and more. The Nutrition and Cancerjournal said in a study that excess meat like this can cause colorectal cancer. Red meat also raises the risk of colorectal AND prostate cancer. Eat grass-fed meats instead, and in lower quantities.
3. Smoked/pickled food
Regular eating of such foods is not good. Smoking process for the meats leaves toxins in the meat and this is unhealthy. Also, pickled foods have nitrates that change to N-nitroso and this triggers cancer. Also, such foods have bunch of preservatives for the long shelf-life.
4. White flour
These days many foods are made with this flour. Replace white flour with quinoa, whole wheat, barley and almond flour.
5. Hydrogenated oils
These oils change to poisons when processed, and too much of these acids damages the cells and their health. Also, trans fats increase the risk of colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer. Replace them with coconut, palm, and olive oil.
6. Microwave popcorn
There is a chemical perfluorooctanoic acid in these bags for popcorn, which studies say is harmful. Also, people who had PFOA exposure have higher rates of kidney and bladder cancer.
7. Farmed salmon
Wild and farmed salmon are quite different.
8. Potato chips
The International Journal of Cancer stated that many potato chips may trigger ovary, prostate, breast and digestive cancers. We also all know these chips have loads of calories, fats, and salt, and this causes obesity, hypertension, and high cholesterol.