How many of you out there have known someone with cancer or have fought the disease yourselves? It’s almost impossible to find someone who hasn’t been touched by this disease in one way or another. Unfortunately, even the treatments for cancer these days are quite serious. Some of the most common treatments such as chemotherapy come with a wide range of severe side effects that make them almost as bad as the cancers themselves.
Needless to say it makes sense to try to avoid cancer at all costs. While you are probably aware that you shouldn’t be smoking, I bet many of you weren’t aware that the food you eat could put you at risk for cancer. Let’s take a look at six foods that have been to increase your risk of developing cancer.
1. Processed Meats
Lunch meat may make for a super easy and convenient lunch, but you may want to think about switching to something a little more natural. Processed meats include lunch meat, hot dogs, and even bacon. These meats contain tons of preservatives and often they are contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, a known carcinogen, during production.
2. Canned Foods
It seems canned foods are just as dangerous as other foods. Most canned foods have a lining on the inside containing bisphenol-A, otherwise known as BPAs. These BPAs have been proven to increase the risk of developing several types of cancers including breast cancer, prostate cancer, and more.
3. Microwave Popcorn
There was a big scare at one time as people believed that the fumes from a bag of microwave popcorn caused lung cancer. That has since been disproven but those fumes can cause a lung disease to develop known as diacetyl. Still, the coating on the inside of the bags does breakdown into a substance called perfluorooctanoic acid, which has been shown to increase the risk of cancer.
4. Grilled Red Meat
There is nothing quite like a freshly grilled steak hot of the barbecue, but did you know that when meat is cooked at high temperature, such as on a grill, a byproduct called heterocyclic aromatic amines is produced. These are known carcinogens that could increase your risk of developing several types of cancers. Unfortunately, according to the National Cancer Center, there are still no official guidelines from healthcare experts concerning meat prepared in this manner.
5. Potato Chips
Potato chips are one of America’s favorite snack foods, but they could be cancer causing as well. When starchy foods such as potatoes are fried at very high temperatures, a carcinogen known as acrylamide is produced. Acrylamide is known cancer causing agent and can even be found in tobacco smoke.
6. Refined Sugar
There are two main problems with refined sugar that you find in most of our sweets today. First, eating refined sugar increases your chances of becoming obese. Obesity itself brings with it a host of health issues and has been shown to increase your risk of developing many different cancers including breast, prostate, uterine, pancreatic, and more. On top of that, cancer cells seem to have a sweet tooth, meaning they love to feast on the refined sugars we eat.
Remember, you are what you eat. With the treatments for cancer being almost as hard on patients as the disease itself, it makes sense to do everything you can to avoid developing the disease. While further research is needed for most of our diets and the diseases they cause, you may want to consider limiting or even removing the items above from your diet. Not only will you reduce your risk of cancer, but you will also improve your overall health.
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