web article identifying 15 to avoid

  1. Potato crisps and chips at the grocery store contain artificial preservatives and dyes that are fried at a high temperature. This process creates what is called acrylamide. Acrylamide is a known carcinogen that is found in cigarettes.
  2. chemicals and preservatives (including sodium nitrates) in processed meats

Processed meats, including hot dogs, sausages, bacon, and most lunch meats, can be damaging to your health.

These meats contain chemicals and excessive amounts of salt that are used in the manufacturing process. A recent study by researchers was published in the journal of BMC Medicine.

In this study, people who ate more than 160 grams of processed meat increased their risk of death by as much as 44 percent over the course of 12 years. The study itself was conducted over 13 years and across 10 countries.

The chemicals and preservatives (including sodium nitrates) in processed meats are used to improve their appearance on store shelves. However, these same chemicals are commonly known carcinogens

  1. Canned tomatoes can lining is usually made with a chemical substance called bisphenol-a (BPA). The FDA is extremely concerned by BPA as it has been shown to alter brain chemistry in research done on rats. Acidic foods can cause more rapid leeching of BPA from the can lining into the food.
  2. microwave popcorn bags are lined with a chemical referred to as perfluorooctanoic acid (or PFOA)
  3. Hydrogenated Oils. These types of oils are notoriously linked to heart disease, immune system deficiency, and of course cancer. Vegetable oil, one of the most commonly used kinds of hydrogenated oil, is so dangerous because many varieties are high in deadly trans fats. Trans fats are not the healthy kind of fat. Even the FDA has stated that trans fats should generally not be regarded as safe for consumption, contrary to their former opinion. A great way to substitute hydrogenated oils in your diet is to use olive, coconut, or grapeseed oil. For cooking, grapeseed oil is a fantastic option since it has a higher “smoke point” (the point at which the heated oil begins to produce carcinogens) in comparison to other oils.
  4. Farmed fish (salmon, cod, tilapia) has been found to be chock full of antibiotics, pesticides, flame retardants (crazy!), and pesticides in a recent study at the University of Albany
  5. Alcohol Over 14 years, a study conducted on American women examined their diet and lifestyle habits. Of the 200,000 postmenopausal women participating, those who consumed at least one alcoholic beverage a day showed almost a 30% increase in breast cancer rates in comparison to those who did not drink. Behind tobacco use, Alcohol is the second leading cause of cancer. Moderate consumption can actually be healthy and reduces the risk of heart disease.
  6. artificial sweeteners such as aspartame make it extremely difficult to control blood sugar levels. This poses a huge problem to diabetics trying to manage insulin levels. many artificial sweeteners end up breaking down in your body into a substance called DKP. a deadly toxin that can produce chemicals which have been linked to brain tumors.
  7. Refined Sugar Back in 1931, researchers found that cancer cells have a taste for sweets. They discovered that tumors rely on sugar to increase cancer cell production and size. Refined sugars, such as high fructose corn syrup, are more easily converted into cancer cell growth than regular sugar.
  8. Smoked barbecue meat, which is famously tender and delicious, is also loaded with carcinogens. During the smoking process the meat absorbs tar from the smoke, which in turn is absorbed by your body when eaten. Tar is found in tobacco, which is the leading cause of cancer. Meanwhile, grilled meats (when prepared with the proper cooking oil) can cut the carcinogen content down significantly.
  9. Frequent Pickled Foods, whether you love them or hate them, have been linked to increased risk for gastric cancer in a recent study done by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2014, 50% increased risk of gastric cancer
  10. “Diet” Foods Low sugar! No sugar! Fat free! Food dye is particularly nasty, since the most common types (Red 40, Yellow 6, and Yellow 5) contain carcinogens known to be linked with cancer
  11. Refined White Flour, should really be called “bleached flour”. traces of the chemicals still remain in it. The more highly processed the flour is, the higher the carbohydrate content is as well. This alone isn’t too bad, however consider the fact that a diet high in carbs messes with your blood sugar levels and increases insulin production, which is a favorite food source for cancer cells.

Sources:

  1. Soda Pop (Sugar, obesity, and high blood pressure)

https://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/october-2014/does-diet-soda-cause-cancer.html

  1. Potato Chips (acrylamide)

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/acrylamide

  1. Processed Meat

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/news/world-health-organization-says-processed-meat-causes-cancer

  1. Canned Tomatoes (BPA)

http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/radiation-chemicals-and-breast-cancer/bisphenol-a.html

  1. Microwave Popcorn (PFOA)

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/teflon-and-perfluorooctanoic-acid–pfoa

  1. Hydrogenated Oil (Trans fats) and 7. French Fries (Trans fats, obesity, blood pressure)

http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2013/04/study-reveals-broad-dangers-of-trans-fats/

  1. Farm Raised Fish (we specifically name the study in the content)

http://www.albany.edu/news/releases/2004/jan2004/salmon_risks.htm

  1. Alcohol

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/dietandphysicalactivity/alcohol-use-and-cancer

  1. Artificial Sweeteners

http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/artificial-sweeteners-fact-sheet

  1. Refined Sugar (obesity)

http://www.cancercenter.com/discussions/blog/natural-vs-refined-sugars-whats-the-difference/

  1. Smoked Meat

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/features/a-backyard-chefs-guide-to-healthy-grilling

  1. Pickled Foods

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/stomachcancer/detailedguide/stomach-cancer-prevention

  1. “Diet” Foods (Food dyes, artificial sweeteners, obesity)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2957945/

  1. Refined White Flour (insulin)

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14713323

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