Foods that can cause Cancer! #FightCancer

Cancer is a dreadful disease and the exact reasons for it still remain a mystery for scientists. Studies suggest that a healthy lifestyle can prevent 30-40% cancers. Today, I will be sharing a list of food that can be avoided to reduce the risk of Cancer.

Processed Meats

Processed meats have chemicals added to keep them fresh, but these chemicals can also have an adverse effect on your health. Both sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate have been linked to significantly increase the risk of colon and other forms of cancer.

Refined Sugar

Refined sugar increases the insulin levels and stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Fructose-rich sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup also aid the growth of cancer cells. Especially, people with diabetes are at higher risk for cancers and should take proper care.

Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)

GMOs are known to cause rapid tumor growths & in today’s processed food world, it is difficult to find food without GMOs. Locally grown food with organic labels is the best way forward.

Refined flour

A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Mile Markers, and Prevention found that regular consumption of refined carbohydrates was linked to a 220 percent increase in breast cancer among women. The excess carbohydrate content is our ready to eat food packets and quick snacks is definitely a cause of concern.

Hydrogenated oils

These oils are mostly used as preservatives in food, but studies suggest that there is an increased risk of Cancer with prolonged used of these oils. They can alter the structure and flexibility of cell membranes in human body. It’s safer to switch to safer alternatives like palm oil.

Overcooked food

Grilling or frying can release harmful compounds like heterocyclic amines (HA) and advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). These compounds are prominently found in red meat, fried eggs or nuts. Boiling or steaming can be a good choice for cooking food properly.

It is rightly said that a man is what he eats. Having healthy eating habits and making small lifestyle changes can benefit in the long run. What healthy habits do you follow in your daily routine? Do share with us in comments to make the world a healthier place, one step at a time!


Disclaimer – This post has been written after intensive research, but should not be treated as a medical advice. Please consult your doctors for any health issues.

References –

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25403784
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5780644/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15072585

Post Author: Dishki

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