Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world. At present there are over 1.5 million people worldwide diagnosed with some form of cancer. It’s because of this that the World Health Organization (WHO) has started a campaign on raising awareness of the dangers of eating carcinogenic foods, which lead to the development of cancerous cells in the body. Sadly, the modern diet is full of these cancer-causing foods.
Stay Away From These 8 Foods
- Farmed Salmon
There’s mounting evidence that farm-raised salmon contains large amounts of dioxin, PCB’s and other cancer-causing substances, unlike wild salmon. The thing is, farmed salmon is fed on a diet high in contaminants, antibiotics and other harmful ingredients. According to research, consumption of farm-bred salmon can put you at a higher risk of cancer due to its high concentration of PCB.
The alarming thing is that more than 60% of all salmon in the U.S is farm-raised.
Wild sockeye salmon, on the other hand, is something that you should always stick too.
- Canned Tomatoes
Not many people know that the inside walls of cans contain BPA in order to protect the food from binding with the metal. BPA is a dangerous chemical used in the production of some resins and plastics.
According to research, BPA acts similarly to estrogen in the body connecting to the same receptors as this female hormone does. This is extremely harmful because it can easily trigger hormonal imbalances, which in turn lead to obesity, cancer, diabetes and infertility.
Always buy fresh organic tomatoes!
- Soda Pop
All diet soft drinks contain aspartame, an artificial sweetener, which has been found to cause a dose-dependent growth in tumors of the breast, blood and lymph nodes.It also causes insulin resistance.
A review of 20 studies published by the European Food Safety Authority revealed that aspartame can be the root cause of a number of diseases including cancer and birth defects. In addition, regular consumption of soda increases the risk of a stroke.
The artificial dyes, which are carcinogenic in nature, also trigger gastroesophageal reflux sickness.
- Microwave Popcorn
This widely popular snack is normally packed in bags which have toxic lining. In fact, the lining of the bags of microwave popcorn has been linked to liver and immune system damage. This lining contains perfluorooctanoic acid, which can trigger a number of serious health issues, according to a UCLA study.
Even the US Environmental Protection Agency confirms that perfluorooctanoic acid is a possible carcinogen. Plus, most microwave popcorn is made with soybean oil and some other additives such as propyl gallate, which can lead to skin rashes and digestive problems.
- Potato Chips
Potato chips are another widely popular snack, especially among children. They are loaded with calories and fat and can easily lead to weight gain if consumed regularly. Moreover, potato chips can cause hypertension because are abundant in sodium. Plus, they contain artificial dyes and chemical additives which are carcinogenic.
Last, but not least, potato chips are fried on very high temperature, which results in formation of a compound – acrylamide, which is also carcinogenic.
- Smoked, Pickled Or Salted Food
These foods are high in nitrites, which are extremely harmful. When digested, nitrites turn into N-nitroso, which is highly carcinogenic. Extensive research has linked bacon, salami, and sausages, all of which are abundant in sodium and fat, to colorectal and stomach cancers.
- Genetically Modified Food
GMO food is everywhere. In fact, most of the food in American supermarkets is genetically modified. What’s worse, GMO food cannot be completely avoided because some produce including soy, corn and wheat is 90% GMO.
The real danger of consuming this food is that proteins, unnatural to the human body, are released during its digestion. These proteins then transform into other organisms the body sees as foreign invaders which attack your body triggering inflammation, one of the root causes of cancer.
Research found that GMO food given to lab rats led to pre-malignant cell developments, damaged immune systems and even smaller brains and livers in only 10 days.
- Refined Sugar
Refined sugar has repeatedly been linked to high insulin levels. Plus, sugars are the most important food for cancerous cells. In other words, cancers and tumors depend on sugar to grow. Cancer cells feed on fructose-rich sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup, which is used in almost every processed food including pies, cereals, juices and other drinks that contain refines sugar.