When it comes to food and cancer, what you put in your body is of utmost importance.
Feed yourself well and you will greatly decrease your risk of many types of cancers. But ignore your eating habits, and you may find yourself facing the consequences.
Some foods are more highly associated with a risk of cancer than others. Here are the top four most carcinogenic foods.
1. Processed meat. They may taste good, but processed meats are laden with chemicals and preservatives that render them extremely unhealthy. In particular, sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate are both linked to higher incidences of cancer. So when it comes to bacon, hot dogs, sausages and deli meats, look for ones without nitrates and nitrites added.
2. Foods that contain trans fats, or partially hydrogenated oils. They are slowly being phased out of manufactured foods as knowledge about their dangers have increased, but they’re still found in hundreds of foods people eat everyday, from cookies and chips to French fries and donuts. Trans fats actually alter the structure of your cell membranes, making them a ripe breeding ground for cancer activity. Read the label or ask for the ingredient list and avoid this unnatural ingredient.
3. Fried, charred or burnt food. The more cooked your food is, the higher the amount of carcinogens in it. High heat creates acrylamides, heterocyclic amines and other harmful compounds in your food that have the potential to wreak havoc in your body. So chuck that burnt toast and say no thanks to the latest state fair fried curiosity.
4. Foods and beverages that contain aspartame. This man-made low-calorie sweetener may be found in drinks like diet soda, energy drinks, protein shakes, as well as in processed foods that are marketed to be “low fat” or “sugar free” such as ice cream, candy, yogurt and pudding.
If you look at this top four list, you will surely notice the common thread linking them all together… they are all highly processed, either by heat or with chemical additives.
Stick to uncooked or minimally processed whole foods instead, and you will give yourself a strong layer of protection from all kinds of cancer.