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10 Everyday Foods That Cause Cancer You Need To Avoid

 

Foods that cause cancer

You can never really know the importance of your health until you become sick. Yet, the best way to stay healthy is to prevent certain diseases from affecting you in the first place. As they say, prevention is better than cure. Discover 10 every day foods that cause cancer you need to eliminate in your diet.

Microwave Popcorn 

Very long ago, hot popcorn made from corn kernels was really popular. Many generations have taken advantage of this delicious natural taste which was indeed healthy. However, the odern commercial version made for the microwave is totally different. It is neither 100% natural nor healthy. It comes with a cocktail of toxins, such as diacetyl and Perfluorooctanoic acid (as well as modified oils), which can lead to many serious health problems: Alzheimer's disease, respiratory diseases, chronic kidney disease, and others.

Popcorn is very enjoyable during certain programs, watching a movie for instance.  Unfortunately, the type prepared in microwave or sold in movie theaters is not particularly good for health. In fact, Melissa Rifkin, a dietitian at Montefiore Medical Center, states that in general
Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (perfluorooctane sulfonate, PFOS) is harmful. It is a chemical which many studies show it affects the fertility and renal functions, in addition to increasing the risk of cancer. That is, popcorn is one of the foods that cause kidney cancer
. If you really want to enjoy healthy popcorns the solution is to make yours at home or buy healthy brands free of pathogenic chemicals.

French Fries and Chips
French fries go well with chicken; we enjoy eating them together. But eating fries, as well as crisps and chips cause serious medical conditions, including cardiovascular diseases and cancers. This is what a recent Swedish study shows. The researchers found high doses of a carcinogen (cancer causing) acrylamide in these products. This study from the University of Stockholm and food safety agency, “National Food Administration” of Sweden, has found high levels of a toxic substance called acrylamide in many starchy products: fries, cookies, chips... In their research, the Swedish scientists analyzed many popular foods and prepared meals. They found the highest levels of acrylamide in crisps (up to 1000μg / kg) and chips (up to 500μg / kg).

The toxicity of acrylamide has been widely studied in animals. The chemical is capable of damaging DNA. Prolonged exposure induces tumors in rats and mice, and high doses can lead to the occurrence of neurological effects and reduced fertility. But studies on human are still few and controversial. However, acrylamide is recognized as toxic by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the European Union recommendation, manufactures should not exceed 0.1 mg / l... Yet, a packet of chips on the market may contain several hundred times that dose.

Soft Drinks
Are you one of millions people all over the world who you consume soft drinks? You need to be aware of their harmful effects in your body. Drinking more than two sodas per day could double the risk of suffering chronic kidney disorders. Some people prefer diet soda to reduce their risk. However, although they contain fewer calories than regular soft drinks, it is best not to drink diet soda. According to Dr. Isaac Eliaz, their ingredient list often includes harmful artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and high fructose corn syrup which are very damaging to your health.
 
A recent US study has found consumption of certain soft drinks would lead to increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease due to phosphoric acid,
a colorless, odorless phosphorus-containing inorganic acid
 used both as a preservative and as acidifying in sodas. Furthermore, another recent study concluded that consumption of soft drinks, even diets, increases the risk of suffering from cardiovascular disorder and diabetes. Soft drinks are also bad for bone health and are linked, among other things, to esophageal cancer, obesity, hyperactivity and tooth decay. Regardless of what the producers may tell you soft drinks are among the foods that cause cancer.

Processed Meats 

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, as well as The Foundation for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, considers that a healthy balanced diet should be free of processed meats like bacon, ham and sausages. According to a study from Harvard University, this type of meat increases the risk of developing heart disease. That is not all...

Processed meats, such as ham and sausage, have just been declared carcinogenic by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN agency responsible for public health all over the world. This decision is justified by the correlation established between the consumption of this type of meat and the risk of colon cancer. According to the report of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), each 50g serving of processed meat (equivalent to a slice of ham) consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. Red meat (beef, veal, lamb, sheep, horse, pig, and goat) is itself classified as "probably carcinogenic". In short, processed meats are among the top
foods that cause colon cancer.

Sugary Cereals 

Many parents who buy cereal for breakfast for their children have no idea that they actually contain more sugar than grains. These cereals are potentially diabetogenic, causing diabetes. The risk is so high that "In people genetically predisposed type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent) occurs from 15 years. This is indeed a serious health concern. Yet most parents continue feeding their loves ones with sugary cereals; they are harming them unconsciously.    


An independent organization of public health, Environmental Working Group (EWG), has screened more than 80 packages of processed cereals. The result is alarming. The nonprofit agency has even established a ranking of the worst. On top of the list, a bestseller among children, Smacks, from the giant Kellogg’s. In second position comes Cocoa Krispies, another
breakfast cereal produced by Kellogg's, which contains marshmallows. According to studies conducted by EWG, a cup of Kellogg's Smacks contains more sugar than a donut: 20 grams against 18. In other words, a bowl of Smacks has between 8 to 10 lumps of sugar. The 10% standards of the World Health Organization (WHO) are not met; some cereals may contain over 50%. 


Frozen Pizza 

A traditional pizza made of healthy ingredients and toppings is good for your health. In fact, pizza could be one of the healthiest foods in the world. The problem is consuming those that are sold frozen. Frozen pizzas are high in calories and sodium. According to many studies, a large intake of sodium can cause hypertension and increases the risk of developing stomach tumors, which makes frozen pizzas included among foods that cause cancer.

As most people do, you may love pizzas; but it is advised to avoid frozen. Although they are less expensive than traditional ones, they can jeopardize your health. Other disadvantages include the fact they contain a lot of unhealthy fats, too much salt and sugar. The dough is more like cardboard, which will be cooked on the surface but raw inside despite the 20 minutes in the oven. When a frozen pizza has bacon or any form of red meat the risk for it to make you sick is even higher.

Canned Tomatoes
Prostate cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers among men in developed countries: United States, Canada, and others. Several studies have shown that frequent or regular consumption of tomato has a protective effect against prostate cancer as well as lung and stomach cancers. However, canned tomatoes are not included; they contain the synthetic estrogen
bisphenol-A (BPA)
 known to link with several health problems, including obesity and diabetes. It is therefore better to consume fresh tomatoes to get its health benefits.

According to a research conducted by Professor Frederick Vom Saal, University of Missouri, the lining resin that is found in cans contains bisphenol A
(BPA), an organic synthetic compound which may be the origin of many illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Tomatoes are very acidic; this acidity promotes the penetration of BPA in the flesh of the fruit. This chemical can also lead to infertility. It is, therefore, better to consider fresh tomatoes or those sold in glass jars.  

Fish: Shark, Swordfish, Certain Species of Tuna 

Fish is rich in omega-3 which is good for health. However, certain fishes are known for their high concentration of heavy metals. These may harm the development of children and lead to the development, in some cases, of heart attacks in adults. The risk is even higher for pregnant and lactating women, as well as children under the age of 30 months. Swordfish is associated with high risk of contamination with methylmercury, the form of mercury most readily incorporated into biological tissues and most toxic to humans.

Mercury is a source of global contamination; it is toxic. It does not break down in the environment and can accumulate in living organisms. Methyl mercury tends to accumulate to some degree in all fish, but especially in predators such as shark, swordfish, and certain species of tuna which is usually sold fresh or frozen state. Since fish is also an excellent source of quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids and is low in saturated fat, carefully buy species that represent no threat to your health.

Frozen Meals
Frozen meals saves time. By cons, if you analyze their list of ingredients you will soon realize that most of them are full of unhealthy fats, sodium, sugar, and even carcinogenic ingredients. In addition, they often fail to stave off hunger. In short, they are not good for your body regardless of the propaganda of the manufacturers.

Whether prepared or processed foods, the more a food is processed, the more it is likely to harm our health; because there is a good chance that you swallow huge amount of additives, much of which is quite dubious: sweeteners, preservatives, colorings, flavor enhancers, etc. Among the ingredients added for taste, there is the famous monosodium glutamate, a flavor enhancer which causes inflammation and neurotoxic effects, especially in children. Small studies also show glutamate increase the risk for developing certain cancers. Yet, most processed food manufacturers do not bother to add plenty of it in their frozen foods. These foods also contain
industrial trans fats or hydrogenated fats
, which can lead to many serious medical conditions: cardiovascular, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and others.

Energy Drinks
Even if today some people make energy drinks their “daily bread," this does not prevent their high caffeine and refined sugar content is likely to have adverse effects on their body. Among them, there would be addiction, headaches, nervousness and nausea. Pregnant women, nursing women and children should thus refrain from any form of energy drink. They are more prone to experience the harmful effects. 

According to studies by an international team of researchers on the consumption of energy drinks among teenagers, regular intake can trigger sudden death in young individuals apparently healthy. The same scientists have found an estimated 31% the number of adolescents regularly consume energy drinks. The percentage is really high, and it is constantly increasing. Following the report of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in November 2012, the effects of energy drinks on health are still under scrutiny by researchers; but one thing is certain, the health risks are present and they will not go away as long the same harmful ingredients are used.  

 

 

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cosmopolitan.com: 15 Foods You Should Never Eat. Ever.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization: Evaluation of consumption of red meat and processed meat.

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