Top foods linked to cancer
Unfortunately, it seems that there a lot of lifestyle and dietary choices that we make have been linked to cancer in some way or another.
Eating the right things can be really helpful in reducing your risk, as certain foods have been more heavily linked to causing some cancers.
To help you, we have compiled a list of some of the foods that are most linked to cancer.
Genetically Modified Food
This is not a new revelation. This has long been known that genetically modified foods are linked to cancer. What you might not realise though is that genetically modified crops are unfortunately increasing at an alarming rate. In fact, more than 90 per cent of corn and soy are now genetically modified.
Unfortunately, no one truly knows the effect that genetically modified food can do to us health-wise in the long term, because not enough testing was carried out when it was added the ingredient listing of thousands of products.
To reduce the risk of eating too much genetically modified foods, always try and buy organic where you can.
Grilled red meat
Grilled meats are often believed to be the healthier version over fried options, but, despite grilled food tasting great, scientists have now discovered that preparing meats in this way, especially when it comes to foods like hot dogs, actually release a carcinogen called heterocyclic aromatic amines.
When you grill red meat until it is considered to be well done, it will actually change the chemical and molecular structure of the meat. So when it comes to cooking red meat in the particular, it is much better to bake, broil or even fry your meat as opposed to sticking it on the grill.
It is all too easy to stick a bag of popcorn in the microwave before curling up on the sofa and getting stuck into a great film. However, your tasty treat could actually be doing you more harm than good, and is actually at the centre of many lung cancer debates from around the world, thanks to the chemically-lined bag, to the popcorn itself.
Like we previously said, the kernels and oil are likely to be genetically modified; which, in some areas, the manufacturer does not actually have to declare. Unless the popcorn that you have picked is organic, it is likely that the fumes from the artificial flavouring will actually contain diacetyl, something that is actually toxic to humans.
To reduce this risk, it is advisable to make your popcorn in a more traditional way, and pop the kernels in a pan yourself. Not only will it taste better, it will be a far healthier choice for you as well.
Canned food is actually very bad for you, which is worrying when you think about how many canned foods you find in people’s cupboard, and how often you reach for them when you are cooking; however, the lining of a lot of canned foods are actually made with a chemical called bisphenol-A, otherwise known as BPA.
Unfortunately, even the smallest exposures to BPA can actually increase the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, infertility, early puberty, metabolic disorders and type 2 diabetes.
Among the more dangerous, are canned tomatoes and this is because they are highly acidic, which will cause the highly toxic BPA, to leak from the lining of the can into the food. Try and use fresh tomatoes when you cook, or alternatively, store them in glass jars in you want to prepare them ahead of time.
Vegan diets seem to be on the rise in recent months, and it is easy to see why when you consider that both meat and dairy products have been linked to cancer.
Calcium, that is often found in dairy products is really great for bone strength, but now experts have discovered that there is a link between high calcium intake and the development of prostate cancer. Dairy products that are really rich in calcium, can lower your body’s count of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3. This is a hormone that is known to actively protect men against prostate cancerous cells, so, obviously, by lowering your body’s natural count, you are raising the chances of potential cancer developing.
The Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study that showed a link between the high consumption of dairy and calcium products with the development of prostate cancer.
The results of the study suggested that there was a link between the high consumption of dairy and calcium products and the development of prostate cancer. The results showed that men with the highest consumption rates of dairy were more likely to develop prostate cancer than those who consumed less.
Figures from the Environmental Working Group has suggested that eighty-six types of bread, baked goods, and starchy supermarket products have been listed as containing potassium bromate. This chemical is sometimes referred to as brominated flour is used to speed everything up. On top of this, it helps to whiten the break, and add bulk to grain-based products.
Unfortunately, this practice can actually come at a really serious cost to the consumer, and in actual fact, the additive has been linked to nervous system disorders and has been identified as a potential human carcinogen by a number of health organisations. This means that the European Union, the UK, Canada and Brazil do not allow this to be used; however, this is not the same in the US just yet, although manufacturers are being urged not to use it. Because of this, it is advisable to take a quick look at the ingredients list before you buy your next loaf and consider picking a different one if it does contain brominated flour.
This is about as obvious as saying that smoking has been linked to cancer, but it really is one of the leading causes of the disease. Many health reports highlight the true fact that a low to moderate amount of alcohol is healthy, in the sense that it can reduce your risk of developing heart disease, excessive consumption can not only result in heart failure and strokes but cancer too.
Experts who work for the World Health Organisation carried out a meta-study, which showed that excessive alcohol consumption is actually the leading cause of mouth, oesophagus, liver, colon, mouth, rectum and breast cancers.
Guidelines suggest that women should be drinking no more than one glass of wine per day, and men, no more than two.
We have long been told that saturated fats are bad for you, so it really is no surprise that they feature on our list. There was some good news for saturated fats, and that was that they were found to not be connected to heart disease like it was first believed; however, a 2015 meta-analysis of 52 studies that had been published in the Medical Journal found that postmenopausal women with the highest intake of saturated fat actually increased their risk of breast cancer rose by a whopping 30 percent compared to those who ate the least.
It is recommended that you try to avoid foods that are high in saturated fat, or at least reduce your consumption as you get older. Foods that are high in saturated fats include highly processed snacks that have been made with vegetable oils, fatty meats, processed cheeses and butter based desserts.
Many people often choose this option because it is cheaper than wild salmon; however, you could actually be doing yourself more harm than good. This is because farmed salmon has a higher level of contaminants that can cause cancer. It is estimated that farmed salmon actually has sixteen times the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are found in wild salmon, four times the levels in beef, and nearly three and a half times the PCPs that are found in other seafood.
Experts suggest, that although it is a more expensive option, it is far better to choose wild caught salmon and then bake it in olive oil. Salmon is a really great option as it is so rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It is also a great option if you are trying to control your weight.
Processed and cured meats
Processed and cured meats that are commonly found in deli sandwiches, could actually be doing you a lot of harm and has been linked to causing cancer. This is because processed meats have been created with a lot of salt and chemicals, all of which damage our health.
A study was carried out over 13 years and what was found was that 1 out of 17 people actually died who ate 160 grams of processed meats. That is a 44 per cent risk of cancer, compared to those who actually ate 20 grams or less. The meats are also packed with preservatives, which are meant to keep them looking fresh, but these preservatives are also carcinogens, which include the same ingredients that are actually found in cigarette smoke.
Crisps are among some of the most popular snacks. They are cheap, easy and delicious, but unfortunately, they can also be really bad for you and can lead to the development of cancer.
Because most crisps are very fatty, they can cause weight gain, as well as having excessive sodium levels, which can also cause a number of health problems, such as high blood pressure. Some will even contain artificial flavours, preservatives and colours.
Again, they can contain the same carcinogen that is found in cigarettes, acrylamide. Experts are suggesting that you avoid these foods altogether, instead choosing to eat backed apple chips instead.