There is no doubt that the growth in the number of cancer incidents in the United States is overwhelming. However, as stated in the Cancer Progress Report, “more than 50 percent of the 585,720 cancer deaths expected to occur in the United States in 2014 will be related to preventable causes”.
A large part of cancer prevention should include avoiding cancer causing foods. Many people are unaware that cancer causing foods are often included in their everyday diets. Here are some of the more common food groups that should be recognized and avoided as cancer causing foods:
Like vegetable oil, hydrogenated oils contain trans-fat or trans-fatty acids. The Mayo Clinic remarks that most doctors consider trans-fat to be the worst type of fat as it raises bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowers good cholesterol (HDL).
Most trans-fat is developed through an industrial process where hydrogen is added to vegetable oil. This process allows oil to become solid in room temperatures. The purpose behind hydrogenated oil is the ability to make food last longer without spoiling.
Some of the more common foods containing partially hydrogenated oil include the following:
Baked Goods — Anything including shortening such as cookies or cakes will have partially hydrogenated vegetable oil in the shortening.
Various Snacks — Any type of chips typically contain trans-fat, as well as prepackaged popcorn, including microwave popcorn that utilizes trans-fat for the flavoring.
Fried Foods — Count on any type of fried food, such as French fries, having trans-fat in the oil used for preparation.
Hydrogenated oils are no longer deemed safe by the FDA and this cancer causing food can be avoided by choosing alternatives such as palm, coconut or olive oil.
Foods Prepared at High Temperatures
French fries and potato chips have already been discussed as cancer causing foods because of partially hydrogenated oil. However, they are also part of a group of foods that are prepared at temperatures above 120 degrees Celsius producing a chemical called acrylamide. Acrylamide is the foundation for polyacrylamide and acrylamide copolymers that are used in the production of dyes, paper, and plastics.
The significant danger of acrylamide is recognized by the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Both organizations recognize the resence of acrylamide in foods as a “major concern.”
Studies have shown that acrylamide leads to several types of cancer in animals and research regarding humans is still incomplete. However, any types of food containing acrylamide should be considered cancer causing foods and avoided at all times).
The American Institute for Cancer Research defines processed meats as any meat that is preserved through the process of curing or salting, smoking or adding additional chemical preservatives.
Processed meats include:
Eating processed meats on a regular basis significantly increases the risk of colorectal cancer. As a matter of fact, eating 3.5 ounces of processed meat (a large hot dog) every day increases the chance of colorectal cancer by an astounding 36%.
Some of the leading ingredients in processed meat believed to lead to different types of cancer are known as nitrates or nitrites which are added to meats for color and to prevent spoiling. Processed meats are considered cancer causing foods because of nitrates/nitrites that are essentially carcinogens or leading cancer causing compounds.
Foods with GMOS & Glyphosate
GMOs are genetically modified organisms that are contained in a great deal of our foods. Many people are not aware of GMOs in cancer causing foods because they do not have to be listed on food labels currently in the United States. Greater concern is associated with foods containing GMOs because of their ability to survive through large doses of a pesticide known as glyphosate. Research has linked foods containing GMOs and/or glyphosate to birth defects, intestinal pain, and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Refined sugar is a known GMO that quickly increases insulin that feeds cancer cells. The best way to avoid cancer causing foods containing GMOs is to purchase foods that are certified organic.
Cancer causing foods are everywhere including every day diets. People should take the time to become accustomed to the several available lists and sources identifying cancer causing foods. Limiting the daily intake of cancer causing foods can reduce the risk of developing cancer significantly.