What are the Worst Foods for Increasing Cancer Risk? Well actually are are a few but today we are going to look at three that need our attention.
The announcement by the World Health Organization in late 2015 that bacon may increase your risk of developing cancer was worrying to many who read it, but the reality is that the potential risks associated with moderate bacon consumption are low if you use what is referred to as “raw bacon”. Any diet that is heavily reliant on processed foods and processed meats is going to increase the cancer risk in an individual, but are there any specific foods that you should be actively avoiding? Let’s take a look at some of the most risky offenders.
The risk with charred food is that, by its very nature, it contains carcinogens. Carcinogens are substances that are known to be cancer causing. Whether it is burnt toast, char grilled chicken, burnt steaks, over grilled fish or any other kind of charred foodstuff, the likelihood of carcinogens being present in the charred substance is high. For this reason, eating mistakenly charred food is a blatantly risky attitude. At first that news set me back because I thought for a minute that it was telling me that I had to give up the outdoor grill. What it is really telling me is to grill to my hearts content just don’t char the food. Got it, I can do that. I really enjoy a meal that is mostly made up of a selection of assorted grilled vegetables and perhaps a grilled chicken thigh or two.
Some kinds of fat are not only acceptable to the human body, they are necessary for a healthy system. (think avocados) Trans fats do not fit into this category. Trans fats do not occur naturally in high concentrations, but the development of highly processed foods have resulted in artificial trans fats becoming commonplace in many everyday foodstuffs. These artificial trans fats have been heavily associated with cancer causing diets, and should be avoided when trying to balance a healthy diet. Trans fatty foods include fries, chips and other heavily processed snack foods. Also some of the oils that you use to cook with produce trans fats when heated. I will have more about that in an article about oils and which to use for health and which to avoid.
The risks presented by sodas simply cannot be overstated. Recent studies have suggested that the regular consumption of sodas or soft drinks can have just as negative an impact on the human body as alcohol. The big difference being someone who drinks alcohol every day will be identified as having a problem. Someone who drinks sodas every day won’t even stand out! The risks presented by heavy soft drink consumption are not limited to what is actually in the soft drinks – it is also the opportunity cost. Every time you drink a soft drink, you are not drinking water, or some other juice that gives you necessary nutrients. I was addicted to diet Pepsi for years and it seems that Mexico lives on Coca Cola. There is probably more coca cola sold in Mexico than milk and orange juice combined.
These three items are some of the Worst Foods for Increasing Cancer Risk. The key factor here for many is balance. Eating one slice of burnt toast isn’t going to give you cancer overnight. On the other hand, having a trans fat heavy diet and drinking 2 liters of soda every day certainly isn’t going to help your cause! If you have cancer or are worried about cancer, the time to remove these from your menu is now. Cancer lives off of glucose which is produced from sugar. Soda is loaded with sugar or a chemical sweetener that your body does not need. Take care of your health by adjusting a little and you will enjoy life a lot more.
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