Researches have shown that some foods are termed as cancer causing foods, while some are called anti cancer foods or cancer fighting foods.
Often times the causes of cancer are preached and often times they are ignored in order to imbibe in the pleasure of canned foods, sodas, processed meats etc.
However, science doesn’t lie when it tells us such foods are dangerous to our health, a lot of this foods are known to instigate certain reactions that leads to cancer.
However, there is an array of brightly coloured anti-cancer causing foods that contain properties such as antioxidants, protease inhibitors, omega-3 fatty acids and phytochemicals. These properties help eliminate free radicals, slow down the division of unhealthy cells and inhibit tumor growing cells, which lowers your risk for developing certain types of cancer.
Below is a list of cancer causing foods.
Top Cancer Causing Foods
Yes, we know, potato chips are cheap, great tasting, quick snack, however, the negative effects they have on your body may not be worth the little bit of pleasure you derive from these crispy snacks. Potato chips are high in both fat and calories, which are sure to bring on weight gain.
Besides being full of trans-fats which can cause high cholesterol in most people, they have excessive sodium levels which, for many people, cause high blood pressure.
Let’s start from the point that all hydrogenated oils are vegetable oils. Vegetable oils cannot be extracted naturally like butter is, vegetable oils must be chemically removed from their source, and then they are changed to be more acceptable to consumers.
They are frequently deodorized and coloured to look appealing. All vegetable oils contain high levels of Omega–6 fatty acids. An excess of Omega- 6 fatty acids cause health problems, such as heart disease and an increase in various cancers, especially skin cancer.
Foods that are highly salted, pickled, or smoked
Foods that are cured by use of nitrates or nitrites act as preservatives as well as adding colour to the meat. Although nitrates do not cause cancer in and of themselves, under certain conditions these chemicals change once they are inside the body into N-nitroso composites.
It’s this N-nitroso that is associated with a greater increase the risk of developing cancers. Meats such as bacon, sausage, bologna, and salami are high in fat and salt.
Highly processed white flours
Mills are no longer content with waiting for their flour to whiten with time; mills now bleach flour with a chemical called chlorine gas. White flour is often present in many processed foods.
White processed flour has a very high glycemicrate which quickly raises the blood sugar level and insulin levels, which can be a direct cause of diabetes, not to mention it is believed that it spreads cancer cells by feeding the cells directly.
Refined sugars are not only known to spike insulin levels, but also to be the most preferable food for cancer cells, thus promoting their growth. Cancers seem to have a sweet tooth. This is a known fact that has been around for many years.
The Nobel laureate in medicine, German Otto Warburg, back in 1931, first discovered that tumors and cancers both use sugars to “feed” themselves and/or to increase in size. In order to proliferate, cancer cells seem to prefer feeding on fructose-rich sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS); the reason is that HFCS is being metabolized by cancer cells most quickly and easily.
Diet foods including frozen foods or prepackaged foods labelled as “diet” or “low fat”, including diet sodas, generally contain aspartame which is a chemical artificial sweetener that we talk about in detail above. There are numerous studies showing that aspartame causes many diseases and sicknesses such as cancers, birth defects, and heart problems. All “diet” food is chemically processed and made from super refined ingredients, excessive sodium levels, as well as artificial colours and flavours to make it taste good.
Fruits that are non-organic are contaminated with some very dangerous pesticides such as atrazine, thiodicarb, and organophosphates, as well as high nitrogen fertilizers.Conventional foods are also subjected to an enormous amount of these types of chemicals as well as hormones, to make the fruit and veggies grow bigger.
Alcohol use is the second leading cause of cancer, right behind tobacco use. While a moderate or low consumption of alcohol can be healthy and lead to a reduced risk of heart disease, excessive drinking is known to cause heart failure, stroke, and sudden death.
Sufficient evidence has shown that excessive alcohol use is the main cause of mouth, oesophagus, liver, colon, mouth, rectum, and female breast cancers. Don’t fret; you can still enjoy that glass of wine with dinner, but, for your health’s sake, no more than one!