Cancer is one of the leading causes of death throughout the world. It’s dangerous because you never know when it will strike and a lot of different things in our overly processed world can cause it. According to cancer.org, in 2012 there were 14 Million new cases of cancer as well as 8.2 million deaths worldwide. Think about how devastating that is – 8.2 million deaths! Unfortunately, you never know when it will strike or even who. Luckily, there are a few things you can avoid to lower your chances of getting cancer. Working out, not smoking, and drinking water are great ways to be healthier. This article however will focus on some of the top foods that cause cancer so you can take them out of your diet!
Leave The Processed Meats Behind
All processed meats are filled with sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite. These give the color, flavor, as well as extend how long they last without spoiling. However, regular consumption of these can increase your risk of cancer. Instead of processed meats, try to stick to organic meats with no preservatives in them such as chicken or fish. Examples of processed meats are listed below.
- Hot dogs
- Luncheon Meats
No Sugar for You!
Yes, sadly sugar is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to cancer causing foods! Cancer cells tend to feed off of sugar, and multiply when they come into contact with it. Avoid adding sugar to coffee and teas, and be careful with high-sugar foods such as:
- Low-fiber cereal
- Soft Drinks
Drop Your Diet Foods
Mamavation.com, suggests to steer clear of “diet foods”. Products labelled diet, fat-free, or sugar-free may be low-calorie, but often they are filled with chemicals. Look out for chemicals such as Red 3 in these types of foods. The Food and Drug Administration has done tests on Red 3, and it is a known carcinogen.
Say No to GMO’s
Genetically modified organisms or GMO’s can contain a toxin that kills bugs, and we are eating this in a lot of our everyday foods! If it can kill bugs, imagine what type of work its doing inside your body. GMO’s double your chance of getting cancer according to ewg.org. In the United States, foods that include GMO’s do not have to state that on the label. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid these nasty genetically modified organisms. Stay with organic foods! These are GMO-free and healthy for you.
Fast Foods Are the Fast Track to Cancer
Fast food is a favorite throughout the world. Of course, we already know it’s bad for us, but did you know it’s a leader in cancer causing foods? Going to the drive-thru at Taco Bell or McDonald’s won’t just add to your muffin top, it will also add to the cancerous cells in your body. There was a recent study done that rt.com wrote about, that found there was harmful carcinogens found in fast food wrappers! There are not many alternatives for fast food, but you can bring some healthy snacks to eat with you to keep you full throughout the day, like the ones listed below to avoid food filled with cancerous chemicals.
- Chopped Vegetables
- Sliced Fruit
- Natural Granola
Put The Canned Foods in The Can!
Most of the time, the foods inside are not the problem; It’s the cans! Natualon.com tells us the lining of cans that are used for canning food products have chemicals in them such as bisphenol-A or BPA. These chemicals are unregulated and can change the way the brain works, in turn this can cause cancerous cells to develop. If you’re looking for alternatives, go for natural and organic fruits, vegetables, and meats that are not in cans. Here are some examples of canned foods to avoid.
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Fruits
- Canned Meats
Now that you have a concept of things to avoid that cause cancerous cells, here are a few things that help to reduce your chances of getting cancer! Draxe.com informs us that there have been over 1,000 studies done that prove coconut oil as a fighter against cancer. Ketones produced in the digestion of coconut oil are not easily accessed by tumor cells. Another great fighter against cancer is lycopene. Lycopene is a pigment that gives red fruits and vegetables their vibrant color. It helps to destroy free radicals so they will not attach to your cells which would usually cause cancer.