Let’s be clear, even if you are practicing a healthy lifestyle, following a healthy diet and you feel and look healthy, there is still a chance that you will witness the emergence of some type of cancer.
Luckily, these chances are very small and according to some statistics, healthy people who are doing everything right and have cancer are just 10% of all cases of cancer. The rest of them are the ones that lived unhealthy. This was confirmed by two scientific studies.
It is good to point out that when we say lifestyle we include several elements, but the diet plays a crucial role. As a matter of fact, about 35% of all cancers are triggered by drinks and foods. This information was shared by the Canadian Cancer Society.
Now let’s see what food you should never eat.
1. Hydrogenated Oils
In case you didn’t know, hydrogenation represents an industrial process that converts unsaturated fat into a solid fat. This means that the product gets trans fatty hydrogenated oil.
Numerous scientific studies have shown that trans fat can significantly increase the chances of developing cancer. People who eat high amounts of trans fat via hydrogenated oils have about 25% more chances of death compared to those who eat very small amounts of this fat.
Soybean oil, canola oil and some vegetable oils are a good example of hydrogenated oils. Replace them with olive oil.
2. Farmed Fish
The EWG (Environmental Working Group) has recently completed a research that has shown that farmed fish comes with 15 times more chemicals with carcinogenic properties compared to wild fish.
One of the main reasons for this situation is the fact that farmed fish consume junk fish meal.
Experts have tested more than 30 commercial fish meals from different parts of the world and detected the presence of harmful carcinogenic PCBS in all of these meals.
In case you want to eat fish, stick to the wild ones.
3. Microwave Popcorn
There is no doubt that they are tasty, but the popcorn bags include perfluorooctanoic acid which is compound related to different kinds of cancer like testicular, liver and pancreatic cancer.
On top of that, microwaves are working in a way that transforms the food molecules leading to deformation and unwanted effects.
Simply purchase kernels and prepare them with the help of a skillet.
Many sodas like Coca-Cola for example, come with caramel color, but only a small number of people know that the color comes from 4-methylimidazole– a well-known chemical.
Several studies have confirmed that this chemical increases the chances of developing cancer above the acceptable limits in the US.
In addition, aspartame, which is a standard ingredient in diet sodas, also leads to cancer because it affects the metabolic system of the body.
In case you want to refresh yourself, prepare a smoothie.
5. Processed Sugar
Many people are not aware of the fact that processed sugar, unlike natural sugar found in fruits, is one of the most harmful compounds that we consume on a daily basis.
Besides its ability to create addiction, this sugar serves as food for breast cancer cells and leads to tumor growth.
This is very important information because Americans take about 1/2 pound if processed sugar on a daily basis.
Next time you feel urge for something sweet, eat an orange or a banana.
6. White Flour
When people consume white flour, their bodies produce more insulin to aid the absorption and processing of the meal. As a result of that, the levels of insulin increase and lead to cell growth which can eventually result in the formation of tumors.
Studies have confirmed that people who rely on energy from carbs (more than 60%) including white flour have 2.2 times more chances to experience breast cancer compared to those practicing a healthy diet.
Replace white flour with products that have whole wheat flour. If you are baking, purchase whole wheat flour.
Back in the days, most people believed that soy is an incredible replacement for every type of meat. Unfortunately, scientific studies have shown that people were seriously wrong about this.
Namely, in majority of women, a diet that includes soy products activates the genes that lead to the formation of breast cancer. The reason is simple– soy includes estrogen-like substances that create hormonal imbalance in the body.
In addition, almost all soy produced in the United States is genetically treated. This modification of food creates many different risks.
A study conducted by One Environmental Group has shown that specific chemicals that are part of the process increase the risk of cancer by 200%.
If you are looking for a safe alternative, use almond milk. Don’t forget that you can prepare almond milk at home.
8. Processed Meat
In 215, the WHO (World Health Organization) has revealed a report which confirmed that processed meat leads to cancer.
Sausages, bacon, ham and hot dogs are some of the most popular examples of processed meat. These foods include additives that change their taste and extend their shelf life.
The connection between cancer and processed meat was explained and determined by more than 20 specialists from ten different countries.
They have analyzed the results from 800 scientific studies. So, taking only 50 grams of processed meat on a daily basis (which equals one hot dog) increases the chances of developing colon cancer by about 20%.
In case you love meat, look for organic meat.