The food what we eat place a major role in determining our health, physical as well as mental. Eating unhealthy foods may cause many incurable and dreadful diseases. One such disease is Cancer; the diet plays an important role in causing cancer apart from genetics, life style and exposure to chemicals.
Many of our food items are prepared and processed using different methods. During the preparation, processing and storage; many changes occur in the naturally obtaining foods and some of these changes are harmful to our body cells. Many food items are found as carcinogenic and some of them act as cancer causing agents; so it is advisable to avoid those foods completely from your diet.
If you are looking to find out “How To Prevent Cancer” then here is the list of top 6 unhealthy foods which come with more risk of developing cancer. While you purchase any processed foods from the shop just remember the given below list.
How To Prevent Cancer: Avoid These 6 Unhealthy Foods
1. Processed Meats:
Different methods are used for processing and preserving the meat. Adding chemical preservatives, curing, pickling, salting and smoking are the common methods used to preserve the meat. The processed meat items like bacon, hot dogs, packaged ham, pepperoni, sausages etc.. contain many preservatives. Usually they are added to appear the food as fresh.
The preservatives mainly added to processed the meat are Nitrate and Sodium Nitrite. Studies proved that these two chemicals are carcinogenic (which means having the potential to cause cancer). These two chemicals are the major reason to cause colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.
So, the “Organic Consumers Association” advised the consumers to avoid the Processed Foods to prevent themselves from the cancer. And also recommended to eat uncured meat products made without the Nitrates and Sodium Nitrite, preferably from the grass-fed sources.
Also Read: Top 6 Foods That Prevent Cancer
2. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs):
The GMO foods are mainly developed using the modern techniques from biotechnology and inter disciplined sciences. Nowadays, most of the fruits and vegetable crops are being developed using some or the other kind of genetic modification. The modification techniques include some chemicals and they are responsible to develop the tumors (cancer cells) inside our body.
Nowadays, the GMO foods are everywhere, especially in the food derivatives made from conventional corn, canola, soybeans etc. So, before purchasing these products it is compulsory to check its label. Make sure it is certified as organic, certified as non-GMO verified foods or locally grown foods that are produced naturally without using any biotechnological techniques.
3. Refined White Flour:
The Refined flour is a common ingredient in the processed foods, but its excess carbohydrate content cause a serious illness to our body especially cancer. The high-glycemic foods gradually increase the blood-sugar levels, which accelerates the growth of cancer cells in our body.
A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Mile Markers and Prevention found that regular consumption of refined carbohydrates has a more risk to increase the breast cancer among women. So, it is advisable to avoid the processed carbohydrates; especially to avoid the artificial sweeteners and chemical taste enhancers found in the processed foods.
4. Hydrogenated Oil:
The Hydrogenated Oils are more commonly used to preserve the processed foods and keep them shelf-stable. Unfortunately, it has the capability to alter and change the cell membrane structure throughout the body and due to that cells become more susceptible for cancer.
Some manufacturers terminate the use of hydrogenated oils and replacing them with palm oil and other safer alternatives but the trans-fats are still widely used by some manufacturers. So, while purchasing food products make sure it is free from hydrogenated vegetable oils.
5. Microwave Popcorn:
This is the another food you must avoid to prevent the cancer. They might be convenient to prepare, but the popcorn bags putting inside the microwave contain Perfluoroctanoic Acid (PFOA). It has the capability to cause hepatic, pancreatic, liver and testicular cancers. It also cause the infertility.
When the popcorn is microwaved along with bags, the toxic chemical from the bag get vaporized and it is absorbed by popcorn; ultimately it reach our body while we eat.
Apart from Perfluoroctanoic Acid, the diacetyl chemical used in the popcorn itself is linked to the cancer as well as lung damage.
6. Canned Food Items:
For keeping the food items fresh and intact for longer periods, the canned foods are mixed with different kinds of chemicals and preservatives.
Sometimes, unfortunately these chemicals react with the metal of the can and thereby becoming fatal. While we intake these chemicals; it disturb the normal hormonal levels in our body and leads to wide range of risks especially cancer.
So, avoid the canned foods items and try to eat the fresh foods.
Since, the list of cancer causing food items are large I couldn’t stop with just six foods, so I recommended you to avoid the given below food items also:
- Smoked and Burned Food items
- Sweetened beverages
- Foods with artificial sweeteners
- Fried food items like crisps and chips
- Soda Pop
- Diet foods & beverages
- Refined Sugars
- Farmed Salmon
- Conventional apples, grapes and other ‘dirty’ fruits
Make sure to avoid these foods as much as possible. Be close to nature and take the organic foods and lead a healthy life. Don’t forget the proverb “Health is Wealth”.