The 5 Most Cancer Causing Foods
Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)
It goes without saying that GMOs have no legitimate place in any cancer-free diet, especially now that both GMOs and the chemicals used to grow them have been shown to cause rapid tumor growth.
But GMOs are everywhere, including in most food derivatives made from conventional corn, soybeans, and canola.
However, you can avoid them by sticking with certified organic, certified non-GMO verified, and locally-grown foods that are produced naturally without biotechnology.
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.
The same goes for refined sugars, which tend to rapidly spike insulin levels and feed the growth of cancer cells.
Fructose-rich sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are particularly offensive, as cancer cells have been shown to quickly and easily metabolize them in order to proliferate.
And since cookies, cakes, pies, sodas, juices, sauces, cereals, and many other popular, mostly processed, food items are loaded with HFCS and other refined sugars, this helps explain why cancer rates are on the rise these days.
- When the body metabolizes alcohol, it produces acetaldehyde, a chemical compound that may damage DNA, which may lead to cancer.
- Research has found that the more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk for developing certain kinds of cancer, such as head and neck, esophageal, liver, breast and colorectal cancers.
- 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.
‘Diet’ foods, beverages
Even worse than conventional sugar-sweetened soda pop, though, is “diet” soda pop and various other diet beverages and foods.
A recent scientific review issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of more than 20 separate research studies found that aspartame, one of the most common artificial sweeteners, causes a range of illnesses including birth defects and cancer.
Sucralose (Splenda), saccharin and various other artificial sweeteners have also been linked to causing cancer.