Let’s take a look at the food we eat every day. The most common foods contain cancer causing ingredients that most people ignore! Here is a list of the top 10 foods likely to cause cancer.
Food 1: Farmed salmon
Although eating fish is considered a healthy habit, farmed salmon is not really healthy! Really, these fish are fed artificially with chemicals that give this specific pink color to farmed salmon. They are contaminated with chemicals, antibiotics, pesticides and other known carcinogens.
Moreover, because of their diet, they have less omega-3 we, compared with other fish. Studies have shown that salmon contain abnormally high amounts of PCBs, mercury and carcinogenic dioxins. For this reason you should avoid eating farmed salmon (or canned). Preferably opt for wild sockeye salmon.
Food 2: Canned tomatoes
Most canned foods are dangerous and potentially toxic due to the presence of bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used in the manufacture of preserves which indicates that food exposed to this product can be very harmful (it is an endocrine disruptor).
Today, this component is banned in food containers (since January 2015). A study published in May 2013 by the National Academy of Sciences shows that BPA has a real impact on the genetic functioning of the brain of rats. Before the ban, canned tomatoes were very dangerous because of the high acidity of this vegetable, which transformed it into a “leech” on BPA.
Food 3: Processed meats
According to a study published in BMC Medicine Journal, salts and other chemicals used in the preparation of processed meats affect the health and wellbeing in general. This study that lasted over a period of 13 years has included people from 10 European countries. 1 in 17 people, died. Those who consumed 160 grams (or more) had a higher risk of early death (44%) in contrast to those who ate less (from 20 grams, or up to 140 grams).
All these processed meats (smoked, salted …) contain chemicals and other additives (including sodium nitrate) which contain potentially carcinogenic agents.
Food 4: Microwave popcorn
The packaging of special “microwave” popcorn packs contains a synthetic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). This is a highly toxic and carcinogenic chemical. A study by the researchers at the University of California has linked PFOA to female infertility. Other studies carried out on laboratory mice have demonstrated that exposure to PFOA presented a risk of cancer of the kidneys, bladder, liver, pancreas and testes.
Most manufacturers use soybean oil (a GMO product) and various additives, such as propyl gallate, a chemical that is a source of stomach problems and rashes.
Food 5: Potato chips
Potato chips are both high in calories and fat. According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the daily consumption of potato chips (small portion) would alone cause a weight gain of 2 pounds a year. Chips consumption results in increased cholesterol and due to their high content of salt, they can cause hypertension. The chips often have an artificial taste and contain many additives that affect the health of your body.
For this aspect, the potatoes are cooked at very high temperatures, which can cause the formation of a substance called acrylamide, a known carcinogen that is found even in cigarettes.
Food 6: Very salty, cured or smoked foods
Nitrates can be potentially carcinogenic when found excess in food, thus transforming into nitrites. They are used in food industry as additives (coloring, preservatives, etc.).
Nitrates do not cause malignancy. But when they are converted into nitrites, inside the body, these chemicals can cause the development of cancer and other diseases.
Smoked fish, processed meats, bacon, sausages, salami, etc., all these products are high in fat and sodium. Consuming these foods is equivalent to ingestion of the amounts of tar similar to those produced by cigarette smoke (tar is a known carcinogen). These foods greatly increase the risk of colorectal and stomach cancer.
Food 7: GMOs
GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are foods that have been altered by chemicals and grown with chemicals. In a study in Scotland at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, rats were fed with GMO foods (potatoes). At the end of this study, all rats showed a deterioration of their immune systems, with a development of pre-cancerous cells, with smaller brain and livers after 10 days only. The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) has no regulations on GMO foods, regarding the security aspect.
Food 8: Refined sugars
Refined sugars are known to drive up the level of insulin, and therefore it is the “perfect food” to promote the development of cancer cells in the body. In 1931, Otto Warburg (Nobel Prize for Medicine), highlighted that tumors and cancers “feed” on sugar (which causes an increase in tumor size).
Indeed, cancer cells seem to feed on sweeteners, fructose (HCFS, corn syrup rich in fructose). The metabolism of cancer cells becomes faster due to the fructose.
To date, the high fructose level in the corn syrup is considered a highly toxic material. It is present in cakes, pies, candy, soft drinks, industrial fruit juices, industrial sauces, cereals, etc. It is considered as one factor that may explain why the number of tumors and cancers in the world is constantly revised upwards.
Food 9: Red meat
In a study conducted over a period of 10 years, it has been shown that regular consumption of red meat, even in small quantities (hamburger) increase the risk of death from cancer in men by 22% and in the women by 20 %. In another further study, it has been shown that excessive consumption of red meat increased the risk of developing breast, prostate and colon cancer.
In a study conducted in the United States, researchers followed about 150,000 people aged between 50 and 74 years. Conclusion: Red meat consumption is a tumor growth factor in the colon.
Eating fish and poultry promotes better overall health. It is advisable to reduce the consumption of red meat (once a week) and avoid consuming it at dinner.