Some foods are worse for you than others and are increasing your risk of many conditions and diseases. While cancer is one of the worst, regularly eating the cancer causing foods in our top ten list can also lead to heart disease, diabetes, chronic inflammation, and so much more.
Chemicals (like carcinogens), radiation, obesity, hormones, chronic inflammation, smoking, viruses, and a number of other factors have been found to be cancer causing.
Here are some unhealthy, cancer-causing foods that you should never eat again.
Non-organic fruits and vegetables are treated with highly toxic pesticides like atrazine, thiodicarb, and organophosphates, and fertilizers high in nitrogen. These chemicals have been shown to be harmful to our health, and even cause fertility issues. If you can’t afford to buy entirely organic, as it is much pricier than non-organic produce, be sure to know ‘the dirty dozen’, and buy only organic for the 12 most contaminated foods.
If you’ve ever wondered why it’s impossible to eat just one potato chips, it’s because they were intentionally designed to have the perfect amount of salt, sugar, crunch, artificial flavors and colors, and preservatives. The excessive amount of sodium is known to cause high blood pressure, and the addictive snack also contains acrymalide, which is a known cancer causer in cigarettes.
The biggest cancer causing food (by far) is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and other refined sugars. Even brown sugar is highly refined white sugar with some of the removed molasses added back in for flavor and color. Refined sugars (and foods made with them) are the source of major insulin spikes and feed the growth of cancer cells.
Filled with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), dyes, and a host of other chemicals, they are very bad for every aspect of your health.
They provide zero nutritional value and rob your body of the nutrients you get from other foods.
Common soda pop chemicals like caramel color and its derivative 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) have also specifically been linked to causing cancer.
Refined ‘white’ flours
In order to produce the white flour that we have come to use in so much of our baking and cooking, the flour has to go through a process of chemical bleaching that voids it of any nutritional value. Even more alarming is the fact that this process uses chlorine gas, which is deadly when inhaled. White flour causes blood sugar and then insulin levels to spike, which not only causes diabetes, but fuel cancerous tumors that feed on sugar in the bloodstream.
They might be convenient, but those bags of microwave popcorn are lined with chemicals that are linked to causing not only infertility but also liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in microwave popcorn bag linings as “likely” carcinogenic, and several independent studies have linked the chemical to cause tumors. Similarly, the diacetyl chemical used in the popcorn itself is linked to causing both lung damage and cancer.
Most processed meat products, including lunch meats, bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, contain chemical preservatives that make them appear fresh and appealing, but that can also cause cancer. Both sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate have been linked to significantly increase the risk of colon and other forms of cancer, so be sure to choose only uncured meat products made without nitrates, and preferably from grass-fed sources.
When the body metabolizes alcohol, it produces acetaldehyde, a chemical compound that may damage DNA, which may lead to cancer.
Although experts recommend abstaining from alcohol to avoid the risk, Langlois says that if you choose to indulge, limit your alcohol consumption to no more than one serving per day if you are a woman, or no more than two servings per day if you are a man. A serving is defined as 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine or 1.5 oz. of liquor.
Commercial fish farming involves raising an incredible number of fish (such as salmon), in a crowded environment. More than 60% of the salmon consumed in the United States comes from a farming operation where they are treated with antibiotics, pesticides, and other carcinogenic chemicals to try and control the bacterial, viral, and parasitic outbreaks that result from cramming so many fish in a small space.