Contrary to popular belief, cancer is not genetic. Many studies have shown that cancer is linked directly to a person’s diet. A healthy diet can help to prevent cancer, whereas a not-so-healthy diet can eventually lead to various types of cancers.
So why the myth?
It’s because certain dietary habits run in families. They all sit down at the same dinner table enjoying the same foods day in and day out. And overtime, those foods take the same effects in each family member. Families who tend to eat a lot of red meat, processed foods and foods high in sugar, are more likely to suffer from cancer down the road than families who specialize in salads and green juices.
With that said, here is a short list of some of the most-well-known cancer causing foods.
Processed Sugar. This is probably the most deadliest of all. Once inside the body, sugar basically does two things: It destroys the good cells and feeds the bad cells, including cancer cells. Processed sugar not only causes cancer, but a whole host of other health problems and diseases as well. So it’s best to stay away from anything and everything that contains processed sugar.
Refined Flour. Basically anything made from refined flour is prone to cause cancer in the long run. This includes pasta, breads, crackers and other baked goods. Reason being is that white flour is not only stripped of essential nutrients, but it is a carbohydrate and is easily converted to sugar once inside the body.
Pop. Did I mention sugar? Because that is what pop basically is: drinkable sugar. Diet drinks claim they are sugar-free. However, they generally contain aspartame, which is just as bad as sugar when it comes to cancer and other health problems.
In addition, some pop is darkened with a cancer-causing chemical to make it more appealing.
Alcohol. Another substance that is high in sugar and should be avoided in excess amounts. Small amounts have shown to be beneficial to health, so if you drink it, consider the amount.
Red Meat. Red meat is not so bad if you keep it in moderation. You also want to consider how the meat is raised: if it comes from a factory farm you may want to avoid it due to all the chemicals injected into the food and/or animal. Excess amounts of red meat, however, can be very damaging to your overall health and eventually lead to cancer.
Farmed Fish. Fish raised on fish farms have also been linked to higher rates of cancer. This is because the bodies of water in which they are raised are not as large, which means that toxins are more likely to accumulate in the water and in the fish. And anything toxic can cause cancer.
Processed Meats. Processed meats are treated with cancer-causing chemicals, known as sodium nitrates, to help keep them looking fresh. In addition, these meats generally come from animals who were fed hormones, antibiotics and other harmful drugs. Furthermore, processed meats are generally preserved with chemicals, salt, smoke and/or other methods of curing. All methods are not safe in the long run for one reason or another.
Processed meats are packaged and marketed as bacon, hot dogs, sausages, cold cuts, burgers, wings and other prepared and packaged foods.
These meats have been linked to higher rates of colon, stomach and pancreatic cancers.
Charred and Over-cooked Meats. When meats are exposed to high temperatures for a prolonged period of time, cancer-causing carcinogenic heterocyclic amines (HCAs) begin to form. Some people actually enjoy charred meat, but it’s not something you want in your body.
Genetically Modified Foods (GMO). The human body is a natural body created naturally by the universe. That means in order for it to flourish and be healthy, it needs to be fed by the universe as well. GMO foods are far from natural. As a result, the body does not know how to respond to these foods. It is unable to process and eliminate them, which means residues of those foods accumulate in the tissues and eventually cause cancer.
The sad truth is that genetically modified foods have made their way into many foods on the grocery shelves. Basically anything made from soybeans, canola and corn may contain GMOs. Always read the labels and make sure to avoid anything that might contain any unnatural ingredients.
Chips. Although chips might come from vegetables, by the time they have gone through the processing stage they are pretty much a chemical. The contain preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, high volumes of salt, and heavily processed fats. Combine that with the carbs already in the potato and you will set yourself up for disaster, including cancer.
Microwave Popcorn. Popcorn on its own isn’t necessarily bad for you. It is high in fiber to sweep the digestive tract, which in turn might even help to prevent cancer if consumed in moderation. However, those handy bags of popcorn that you can get at the stores are loaded with cancer-causing chemicals. The toxins are located inside the bag and are released into the popcorn as it is popped. Nice, huh?
Fried Foods. Fried foods can also cause cancer, which is due to all the trans fats.
Hydrogenated Oils and Transfats. Hydrogenated oils and trans fats are very damaging to the blood and tissue cells. They have been linked to many diseases including various types of cancer.
Fresh Produce. This is a shocker, isn’t it? But it’s not the produce that dangerous, rather, it’s the pesticides that are sprayed on the crops. If you didn’t have a reason before, now you have a good reason to buy organic whenever possible. And also wash those veggies before you consume them!
So there you have it. A short list of common foods that cause cancer. Avoiding them will not guarantee that you’ll never develop cancer as there are still the environmental pollutions to think about. Nevertheless, avoiding the above foods and eating lots of foods that protect the body against cancer can help to avoid the deadly disease.