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As you well know, cancer is a very serious problem. Not only does it take a mental, emotional, financial and physical toll on you, but it also profoundly affects those close to you. Because of that, you need to do all you can to prevent it from taking a hold on your body. Part of the prevention is avoiding these 10 commonly used and widely available foods that either contain carcinogenic substances, or are suspected of causing cancer themselves.
#1. Canned tomatoes
Fresh tomatoes are one of your best allies in the fight against cancer. The same cannot be said about the canned variety. Because of their inherent acidity, canned tomatoes have the bad habit of leaching the BPA from the lining of the cans they are stored in.
#2. Farmed salmon
As with any other force-fed fish, farmed salmon is pumped full of chemicals, antibiotics and pesticides. And if that is not enough, it’s been shown that farmed salmon meat contains high levels of PCBs (that’s plastics), mercury and dioxins (carcinogenic toxins). If it’s not freshly caught, don’t eat it.
#3. Highly salted, pickled or smoked foods
Nitrates and/or nitrites are widely used as food preservatives by the food industry. Although they do not directly cause cancer, they can react with other chemicals in the body to form the N-nitroso compound, which is directly associated with an elevated risk of cancer.
#4. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
Although not shown to directly cause cancer, most GMOs can have undesired effects on the human body, including increased incidence of cancers. This is due both to their genetic structure, which the body is not prepared to assimilate, and to the chemicals they are treated with during production. If possible, avoid GMOs completely, and try to eat healthy, clean, organic-certified foods.
#5. Microwave popcorn
Word of advice: don’t eat it! Even if it is much easier to prepare, you should stick to popping classic corn in a pan with some butter or ghee. Microwave popcorn bags contain perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), known to contribute to infertility in women and to raise the risk of liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and testicular cancers.
#6. Potato chips
If you start reading the list of ingredients on a potato chip bag, you are in for a long lecture. Industrially produced potato chips contain artificial flavorings, preservatives, additives and other chemicals your body really doesn’t need. Also, because they are fried in vegetable oils at high temperatures, they contain acrylamide, a known carcinogenic substance, also found in cigarettes.
#7. Processed meats
These are a definite no-no. They usually contain a lot of chemicals and preservatives (including sodium nitrate) very harmful to your whole body. If you want meat, get a fresh cut and prepare it yourself, at home. This way, you know what you are eating.
#8. Refined sugars
By feasting on foods containing refined sugars, you’re basically asking for cancer. Nowadays, sugar is in most of the food products available out there. Aside from heightening insulin resistance, refined sugars are the food of choice for cancer cells. Read the labels carefully, and choose foods without refined sugars (that includes sorbitol, maltitol and other chemicals ending in -ol).
#9. Soda drinks
We’ve just said that refined sugars are really bad. Well, take a lot of refined sugar, add water, carbon dioxide and a bunch of other carcinogenic chemicals and you get soda drinks.
#10. Vegetable oils
You will find high levels of Omega-6 fatty acids in all vegetable oils. In small doses, they are not harmful, especially when combined in the right ratio with Omega-3 and Omega-9 fatty acids, but in higher doses they can cause serious health problems: heart disease and an increased risk of certain cancers, especially skin cancers.
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