The word cancer makes us all cringe; we all know someone who has had. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1 million people in the United States get cancer each year.
There are many factors that attribute to cancer including genetics, lifestyle, tobacco use, diet, and physical activity. Certain exposures can also add to the risk for cancer such as radiation and chemicals. I personally believe your diet can make or break a situation, and I do not think cancer is any different. People have become so entwined into the western way of eating, and it is killing us!
There are many foods that you can eat to help prevent cancer, but if you are eating huge quantities of bad processed food than you are being counterproductive. So let’s take a look at the foods that you should cut out of your diet, to keep you healthy and happy with a long life!
- Processed Meats
Hotdogs, lunch meat, bacon, and sausages are over loved unhealthy foods! You may love them, but they are among the worst of the worst for your health. When you eat foods like this, you are more than likely getting a huge serving of sodium nitrate, which is added to processed or cured meats as preservatives, flavoring, and color fixative. Unfortunately, nitrites can be converted into cancer-causing nitrosamines in your body, which may explain why numerous studies have linked processed meat consumption to cancer.
- Red and well-done meats
Red meat is a favorite among many, but there is evidence that eating too much red meat can increase your risk for cancer. One study found that eating red meat daily increased men’s risk of dying from cancer 22 percent and women’s by 20 percent.
Charred or Well Done: Another factor is the way you cook your meat! Well-done and char-grilled are among the worst offenders. Studies have shown that eating meat cooked at high temperatures increases your risk of cancer, and at least part of the reason is due to toxic chemical byproducts. When amino acids and creatine interact with high cooking temperatures, heterocyclic amines are formed.
- French Fries and Potato Chips
Potato chips and other snack chips and fries may contain high levels of acrylamide, another carcinogenic substance that forms when foods like potatoes are heated at high temperatures, such as with frying or baking.
“The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stated that the levels of acrylamide in foods pose a “major concern” and that more research is needed to determine the
- Processed foods
More than likely if it comes frozen, in a box, or you can get it in the drive through you do not need it. These types of “food” are filled with preservatives, chemicals, refined sugars, and additives. That do a lot of harm to your body as a whole including being one of the top causes of cancer!
If it says, Splenda or aspartame put it down and walk away! Aspartame is found in all sorts of foods, drinks, and even most gums!
- Excess Alcohol
There is a strong scientific consensus of the link between alcohol drinking and several types of cancer. The more alcohol a person regularly drinks over time—the higher his or her risk of developing an alcohol-associated cancer. Just like with everything in life moderation is key!