Cancer Is On The Rise: 6 Common Cancer-Causing Foods To Stay Away From

Date May 21, 2018

It's still unclear why some people get cancer and others don't. The exact causes of the disease remain to be discovered, but there are some known risk factors at play, and certain foods are one of them.

Some foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, may lower the risk of cancer. But there are foods that can actually increase your risk of the disease. Read on and find out which foods and drinks to stay away from!

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6 foods that may increase your risk of cancer

Avoid these foods and drinks if you want to lower your cancer risk:

1. Alcohol

We decided to put alcohol at the top of this list. That's right, the link between certain types of cancer and excess alcohol consumption has been proven by numerous studies. Drinking alcohol increases your risk of liver, stomach, colon, and breast cancers, to name a few. If this is not a good reason to stop drinking, then we don't know what is.

2. Processed meats

The WHO and other global and national institutions recognize consumption of processed meats as a risk factor for developing colon cancer and other types of the disease. The chemicals used in meat processing can accumulate in the body and eventually cause cancer to grow. A few examples of processed meats are hot dogs, sausages, and bacon.

3. Partially hydrogenated oils

Partially hydrogenated oils, also known as trans fats, are used to make the manufacturing process cheaper and prolong shelf life, and that happens at the expense of our health. Trans fats are known to increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, cancer, early dementia, and a whole lot of other health issues. Partially hydrogenated oils are found in margarine, packaged snacks, commercially produced baked goods, and other products. So if you pick a croissant at a supermarket and see a shelf life of several months, put it back on the shelf.

Canada and several other countries have now completely banned partially hydrogenated oils from foods, and we hope the rest of the world follows suit.

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4. Refined sugars

Refined sugar has been linked to chronic inflammation, which is one of the factors that contribute to cancer growth. Sources of refined sugar include sodas, sweets, canned fruits, breakfast cereals, and sauces, among other things. Avoid refined sugars as much as possible, and opt for natural sugars instead.

5. Canned foods

Not only are the additives used to preserve canned foods unhealthful, but the cans themselves can pose a risk to your health. The lining of tin cans often contains bisphenol-A, which is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing substance). So, if you intend to eat canned foods anyway, at least look for those labeled as BPA-free.

6. Very hot drinks

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Ingesting very hot liquids may increase the risk of esophageal cancer in susceptible people, especially those whose esophagus is already damaged by a chronic condition such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Source: Women's Health Magazine, Health, CureToday, 1 Million Health Tips

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