Top 5 Cancer Causing Foods to Avoid

Top 5 Cancer Causing Foods to Avoid
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Who isn’t afraid of the word “cancer”? We all know a family member or a friend who had it. And indeed, according to the American Cancer Society, more than one million people in the United States get cancer each year.

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The American Cancer Society lists many possible causes for cancer disease, including genetic factors, lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet, lack of physical activity, certain types of inflammation and environmental exposures to different types of chemicals and radiation.

Since I’m very interested in healthy nutrition, I wrote in the past about the top 14 foods that protect against cancer development, but it won’t help if we eat those foods while consuming large amounts of other foods that can increase the risk of cancer. So lets have a look at these cancer causing foods so we all know not only what to eat, but what NOT to eat (or at least reduce their intake).

1. High intake of processed foods

Many different substances are added to commercially prepared foods, such as artificial colors, chemical flavors, salt, sugar or artificial sweeteners (read my article about the top 10 worst ingredients in food).

These additives are constantly investigated by researchers to check if any of them is thought to be of a real risk. Sometimes a particular additive or additives are thought to be of a cancer risk. Heavily salted, smoked and pickled foods, for example, may increase the risk of stomach cancer.

This may explain why there is such a high rate of stomach cancer in Japan, where salty, pickled foods are popular. Also an epidemiological study published in June 2010 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet high in salt can increase the risk of stomach cancer in 10%. Also artificial food coloring presents many health risks. The research on artificial food coloring and cancer is limited to animal studies, including mice and rats, but some claim that these dyes are toxic – possibly toxic enough to cause cancer also in humans.

2. High intakes of red meat, processed meat or charred food

It has been found that bowel and stomach cancers are more common in people who eat lots of red and processed meat.

Red meat includes all fresh, minced and frozen beef, pork, lamb or veal. Also processed meats posses a risk for cancer. These have been preserved in some way other than freezing and include bacon, ham, salami, sausages, corned beef, black pudding, pâté and tinned meat.

When you eat processed meats, you’re almost assuredly consuming sodium nitrite or sodium nitrate, which are added to processed and cured meats to preserve color and extend shelf life. Unfortunately, these compounds can be converted to nitrosamines, which are also known to cause cancer in laboratory rats (though again, the link to people is unclear). Also hot dogs, bacon and the like may also be preserved by methods involving smoke or salt, which also increases the exposure to potentially carcinogenic chemicals.

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Also charred food creates chemicals that can damage our cells, making them more likely to become cancerous. Therefore the way you cook your meat can potentially make a big difference in the cancer risk it poses to you. Well-done and char-grilled meats that are slightly burnt on the outside are among the worst foods that increase the risk for cancer. You can read more about it in my article about the best cooking methods for cancer prevention.

3. Sugar

The role of sugar in the formation, growth and metastasis of cancer cells is a topic that has often divided the scientific community. There are sources that promote the idea that sugar feeds cancer. They suggest that eating foods with sugar makes cancer grow faster.

The opponents claim that as a result, some cancer patients avoid eating any sugar, and eliminating beneficial foods, such as fruits, that contain essential nutrients. They claim that there is no conclusive research on human subjects to prove that sugar makes cancerous cells grow.

Avoiding foods with processed sugar is a good idea in general, but eliminating foods with natural sugar won’t stop cancer cells from dividing. According to Mayo clinic, sugar doesn’t make cancer grow faster. All cells, including cancer cells, depend on blood sugar (glucose) for energy. But giving more sugar to cancer cells doesn’t speed their growth. Likewise, depriving cancer cells of sugar doesn’t slow their growth.

Apparently, the link between sugar and cancer is different – according to Canadian Cancer Society, eating lots of sugary foods are more likely to cause you to gain weight. Research shows that being overweight or obese increases your risk of cancer. This is because obesity may cause changes in hormone levels or insulin that might increase the risk of developing breast, colon or uterine cancer. Therefore limiting the amount of sugar in your diet is important. Diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrates can lead to overweight and obesity, which indirectly increases cancer risk over time.

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On the other hand, there are different opinions, and I’ve written about a new research that suggest a different approach, and you can read more about it in my article research reveals how sugar causes cancer.

Sugar can be found not only in obvious foods such as cookies, cakes, sodas, soft drinks and other sweets. Sugar can be found even in pasta sauce, salad dressing and canned vegetables. So when reading food labels, look for sugar listed as the first ingredient and be aware of hidden sugar names: fructose, lactose, sucrose, maltose, glucose, dextrose. Natural sugars such as molasses, honey and maple syrup contain beneficial antioxidants but those, too, should be consumed in moderation.

If you tend to have sugar cravings, you may want to read my article about 13 effective ways to quit sugar. Reducing the amount of refined sugar is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health

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4.  Fried food, French fries, potato chips and snack food

French fries, potato chips and other snacks may contain high levels of acrylamide, another carcinogenic substance that forms when foods are heated at high temperatures, such as during baking or frying. Acrylamide may be found in any food heated to a temperature above 250° F, but potato chips and French fries have been found to contain the highest levels among foods tested.

Cooking methods such as frying, baking or roasting are more likely to produce acrylamide, while boiling, steaming, and microwaving appear less likely to do so. Longer cooking times and cooking at higher temperatures can increase the amount of acrylamide in foods further.

It must be mentioned that prolonged exposure to acrylamide has caused a range of tumors in animal tests (rats and mice), whereas most of the human studies published so far have failed to find any links between acrylamide and various types of cancers. However many believe it has a potential to be a human carcinogen because of those animal studies. If you’re still worried, the FDA and other public health groups say the best way is to follow the general advice on healthy eating, including limiting the consumption of fried and fatty foods.

Another components found in these type of foods that may increase the risk of cancer are trans fats or trans fatty acids.

These are formed when manufacturers turn liquid oils into solid fats via a process called hydrogenation. And indeed, trans fats can be found in many foods including vegetable shortening, margarine, crackers, cereals, candies, baked goods, cookies, granola bars, chips, snack foods, salad dressings, fried foods, fats and many other processed foods.

Trans fats cannot only increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, but the high intake of trans-fatty acids may have a direct association with prostate cancer in men, which ranks number one among the most common malignant cancers in American men. Chronic inflammation plays an important role in the development of prostate cancer and the association of trans-fats and chronic inflammation may explain the link between prostate cancer and trans-fatty acid ingestion. However, further studies and clinical trials are needed to establish this fact.

5. Excess alcohol

There is a strong scientific consensus of the link between alcohol drinking and several types of cancer. The more alcohol a person drinks regularly over time—the higher his or her risk of developing an alcohol-associated cancer. According to Cancer Research UK and American Cancer society, alcohol can increase the risk of a number of cancers, such as mouth cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, bowel cancer and throat cancer.

You’ve probably heard about other studies that have found that certain substances in red wine, such as resveratrol, have anti cancer properties, but like many thing in life moderation is the key. As part of its guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention, the American Cancer Society recommends that people who drink alcohol, limit their intake to no more than 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink a day for women.

Read my other related articles:
1. How Ginger Destroys Cancer Better Than Chemo
2. How To Consume Onions and Garlic To Prevent Cancer
3. The Best Cancer Fighting Smoothies
4. Top 14 Foods That Protect Against Cancer Development

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53 Responses to Top 5 Cancer Causing Foods to Avoid

  1. Muazu Dabai says:

    Thanks for ur tireless impartations toward humanity

  2. Joy Helweg says:

    Need the information you are offering to aid in lifestyle choices. Thanks

  3. Earl Bond says:

    Good Job… Keep up the good Work 😀

  4. Belina says:

    Thanks for all your valuable health information.

  5. pauline says:

    I ate these & got cancer don’t eat them now & I’ve been cancer free for 2 years.
    no chemo. Or radiation. I was stage 4 & theccancer had mastisized to my brain. Sugar & processed foods ate real bad.

    • jayshree says:

      In which treatmeant by r u treated????
      Bcz my father has cancer plz suggest me

      • Joe says:

        I think this was his point. There was no treatment, except maybe better food choices. After all of the cancer causing foods, he gave them up and perhaps went on an alkalizing diet of fresh, organic fruits and veg.

    • Priyanga says:

      Hope you will never get this disease again wish you a long life

  6. cassie says:

    We can eat healthy all we want and still get cancer. Cancer is not someone’s fault for poor lifestyle choices. We live in a world filled with toxic chemicals and the message is its our fault for eating the wrong food? Ive known health nuts who died of cancer. This is NOT the answer. Sorry to burst your bubble.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Cassie, of course there are other factors that increase the risk for developing cancer, such as genetics, environmental issues, etc, but also nutrition plays a roll here. The link between nutrition and cancer has already been established by research, and although we cannot control all the factors around as, we can still do what we can to reduce the risk. There will always be people who eat the healthiest food and still get cancer. Does it mean that now you are going to start eating unhealthy food? I don’t thinks so.

    • Cookie says:

      I agree with you 100%! Moderation is the key.

  7. RC Organo says:

    Thank you for sharing this information. It seems those simple things we eat could also lead to something drastic like cancer.

  8. Pastor Seth Nyakutse says:

    Very insightful and helpful.

  9. Ari Verzosa says:

    Great list of food and informative. I was just wandering to myself considering that I’ve been indulging with this food for forever. what am I going to eat now if decide to totally give up all the unhealthy food? Yes I know there are options but I believe the journey will be difficult giving up meat and processed meat which has practically been a staple of our diet. Oh well, have to start somewhere ….

    • Jenny says:

      As you’ve said, the journey will probably not be easy for people who have been eating all their lives these kinds of foods. Changing habits take time, especially if they are deeply rooted. I guess the change should start very gradually starting with small steps. Being aware of the damage these foods cause us is the first step to reducing their consumption. Every journey starts with a small steps, and you are right – you have to start somewhere.

    • Kim says:

      Am I allowed to suggest a book that helped me with my transition to a healthier lifestyle at the age of 57? “FIT FOR LIFE” by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. Very informative.

  10. Chris says:

    There’s 2 items labeled #5

  11. Nnodim Johnkennedy says:

    Good write up and educative. Thanks

  12. Shelley Roix says:

    Great overall write-up. I’m a bit surprised casein/ dairy was left out of the mix, considering all the empirical scientific evidence. According to the Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell, casein is by far one of the most, if not the most, carcinogenic substance they’ve found in science to date. Even according to Dr. Walter Willett, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and the chair of the department of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, states “Considerable evidence supports a role of high dairy consumption and low intakes of calcium, lycopene and vitamin D in human cancer.” “http://nihrecord.od.nih.gov/newsletters/2012/08_31_2012/story1.htm

  13. faye browne says:

    i haven’t eaten any of these listed, for 45years, and I still got cancer. non genetic, non hormonal breast cancer. i think stress is the greatest cause of disease, along with a cancer personality.

    • Jenny says:

      As I’ve answered to miten in his comment, unfortunately there is no 100% guarantee. You can do the best you can to avoid diseases by changing your nutrition, but there are other factors that are outside of our control. I wish you a full recovery and long and healthy life. We can only do the best we can.

  14. Nelson says:

    Hi Jenny. Apparently, you are unaware of these studies:

    Excess sugar linked to cancer
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130201100149.htm

    Cancer cells slurp up fructose, US study finds
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/08/02/cancer-fructose-idAFN0210830520100802

    Blood sugar and cancer risk
    http://www.nhs.uk/news/2010/01January/Pages/Blood-sugar-and-cancer-risk.aspx

    Ten Studies Showing the Link Between Sugar and Increased Cancer Risk
    http://www.naturalnews.com/024827_cancer_sugar_women.html

    So, please reconsider item #3. Of course it hasn’t been proved beyond any doubt that sugar feeds cancer, but there are plenty of studies that suggest this very possibility. Thus, a precautionary approach toward dietary sugar is in order.

    • Karen says:

      There is also the work of Thomas Seifried on Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, which suggests a low carb, adequate protein and high fat diet help to starve cancer cells, which feed off glucose. I too think #3 needs reconsideration.

  15. nd says:

    I’ve been eating french fries, fried foods, and potato chips most of my life and I have and have had no cancer, this is bull crap just like most of anything else on the internet….

    • Jenny says:

      If you enjoy eating all these foods, then just continue doing it! and I wish you all the best and great health.

  16. miten says:

    My dad NEVER did, I repeat, NEVER did indulge in any of the kind of food that you have described. AND HE DIED OF CANCER. SO ALL THIS IS BULLSHIT. PURE BULLSHIT.

    • Jenny says:

      I’m very sorry to hear about your dad. When it comes to cancer prevention or prevention of any other disease, unfortunately there is no 100% guarantee. You can do the best you can to avoid diseases by changing your nutrition, but there are other factors, such as genetics and environmental pollution that are outside of our control.

    • Pamela says:

      Miten, I am sorry to hear about your dad; however, it is important to remember that this article is not telling you things in an ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN light. Avoiding these foods is NOT a foolproof way to prevent cancer. In fact, there IS no foolproof way to prevent cancer. Cancer is, in part, an “internal” thing. It can develop from 1 tiny mistake that was made in your DNA during cell replication – a mistake that went unnoticed and caused that cell to proliferate out of control, creating a tumor, then progressing to full-blown cancer. This can happen in a COMPLETELY HEALTHY individual. Cancer is not like other diseases (for instance, AIDS, the flu, the common cold), which can be transmitted to you by blood, saliva, or even entering your body via an opening (ear, mouth, etc). There are so many different ways cancer can begin developing: excess sun exposure, exposure to chemicals at work, chronic intake/exposure to lead or plastics, smoking, etc. Chronic intake of the foods listed in this article is another way cancer can develop. My point here is that this list is NOT “PURE BULLSHIT.” Refraining from consuming these foods may help decrease your risk for developing cancer; it will not guarantee, 100%, that you will not get cancer. This is an important concept to understand. When it comes to cancer, nothing is absolutely certain. Be careful what you call “bullshit.”

  17. BG says:

    I believe we all have our own ‘trigger’ for cancer (in our genes) but we just don’t individually know what our personal triggers are, consequently some people can smoke all their lives and never get any cancer, while some non-smokers can get it just from being around other people who are smoking.

  18. jennelyn labenia says:

    thankyou for the info..

  19. khulekani says:

    Very informative indeep those who reject these powerful advises do so at their own peril

  20. Mia says:

    Never drank alcohol ,only ate organic food ,never touched red meat and still got cancer .I know why I got it and I dealt the issue which probably caused cancer .

  21. Maxi says:

    How about instant noodles??????

  22. Marty Moseman says:

    We all have cancer cells within us and sometimes, just the strangest things can cause the cells to join together. My feeling is why add insult to injury. I eat no meat, only organic and very little processed foods. But I know there are things in our environment or our waters that COULD cause the cancer cells to join. BUT, I feel good and I feel healthy and IF I get cancer all I know is that I tried.

    • Jenny says:

      Indeed cancer can be cause also by factors we cannot control, such as genetics, environmental pollution and more, and unfortunately there is no 100% guarantee, but as you’ve said at least we need to try and work on the factors that we have better control. As I always said – we can only make the best we can.

      • Amor says:

        It is very irresponsible when you have the title that says, “cancer causing foods that you need to avoid.” saying this implies that these foods indeed CAUSE cancer, instead of saying MAY increase the risk, since all the studies that you included to support these claims are inconclusive. Good luck to all who would follow this to a tee. Maybe we can include chocolates and other foods in the museum of things too risky to indulge in. Remember eggs? For decades it had been said that it is unhealthy, now studies have proven that it is one of the healthiest foods out there.

  23. Margie says:

    We do live in a world where ourfood sources have been compromised, yet people have come to realize that its been a big part of people’s illness all these years.Although ilness has been on earthsince almost the beginning, it has gotten worse due to toxicities, which people are now trying to avoid.Eating fresh organic foods is considered better!!

  24. Rebecca Chang says:

    After reading the comments, Cancer is based on what we eat and used so thereby, eating the right food and avoiding the food that can trigger cancer is really need. The fact is people have been trying to produce food for profit alone without the consideration of the effects that it’ll bring like the ingredients in medicines, toothpastes, shampoos, sauces, mayonnaise, and even fish are being fed and and catch through dynamite fishing so. The gov’t of each country should put much attention in protecting our natural environment where we get fishes, water, food and even air where we get oxygen. Second: the planting of vegetables and fruits naturally, free from chemicals….Third: be aware of the ingredients used in the production of preserved foods, and drinks……let the people know what is bad to our health…..good/bad effects should be broadcast and it’s the people choice to avoid it or not

  25. Rizaldy A. Javing says:

    Jenny thanks for a job well done. In a short write up you were able to elaborate foods & lifestyle that are linked to cancer. I though believe that Nelson has a point regarding sugar. All of the items you have mentioned including sugar create the acidic environment in our body that is helpful for cancer to thrive. Moderation on acidic foods intake & a shift to a more alkaline diet can really help. By continuing to educate one another will definitely lead for us to live a long & healthy life.

  26. Zarina says:

    Hi Jenny !
    I don’t understand one thing in your article , so all the red meat isn’t good for you? I always buy good piece of beef like roast …. Or you telling me prossesd meat ???

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Zarina, red meat – such as beef, lamb and pork – can form part of a healthy diet. But eating a lot of red and processed meat probably increases your risk of bowel (colorectal) cancer. It’s not that it’s not healthy – it’s not healthy in large quantities. Everything should be in moderation. Read more about it in NHS website – http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/red-meat.aspx

  27. Peter Go says:

    I just attended a seminar conducted by a molecular oncologist and he repeatedly says Y”ou are what you eat”. Carbohydrates ,sugar and fats taken excessively will definitely cause cancer.

  28. Md. Mahmudul Hoque says:

    Realy its a so much helpful for life and to protect environment. Thanks.

  29. CHEEDIRALA says:

    THANKS FOR GIVING VALUABLE INFO

  30. Sugar and processed foods are easy to give up. Fries and potato chips I can’t give up though. I think you can balance things out by improving in other areas though like getting more exercise and eating nutritious organic food with anti tumoral properties.

  31. Khmerstarzz says:

    Pretty much everything he’s saying is almost like saying don’t eat and you will never get cancer. No matter what you eat, if you’re going to get cancer you going to get it.There is no telling what you eat will give you cancer.

  32. Fathun says:

    I eat different types of food, but very less read meat..lot of fresh fish and vegetables ..less sugary products. I got cancer which related to my hormone. But I believe that eating organic food, specially vegetables is important. There are lots of factors we get cancer, environment, water, beauty products and unhealthy food are the major factors.

  33. Nicky Margheriti says:

    Cancer doesn’t discriminate. I learnt that in 2007 when I got bowel cancer. I was very fit and healthy. 44 y/old. Eating well although I did like my sweets in moderation. So no one knows what’s round the corner.

  34. SenorGecko Orias says:

    Everything i’ve read here sums up to a single magical word,*M-O-D-E-R-A-T-I-O-N*!Consume less,Eat less!

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