Its time for everyone to know what is in our everyday diet. The food that we and our children consume regularly may be causing cancer. With astonishing numbers of diagnoses on the rise, it is up to us to educate ourselves and take action. Minor and major adjustments might help your life. Carcinogens are our worst enemy in our diet. Here is a list of the most common foods that we eat that may contain the most carcinogens.
1. Microwave Popcorn
You would never believe that a seemingly innocent bag of microwave popcorn could be so dangerous to your health. The lining of the bag, contains a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid which is also found in teflon. This chemical has been linked to cause cancer and infertility in animal studies. Most companies use many preservatives and GMO’s that also contribute to other illnesses. In addition, microwaving alone depletes nutrients in all of whatever is microwaved.
2. Potato Chips
Potato chips are difficult to not eat when hunger and convenience calls. They are always around us and are so satisfying to eat. However, the balance between convenience and health isn’t comparable. Other than having super high amounts of sodium, they cause weight gain and can higher your cholesterol. They also contain lots of preservatives and artificial coloring and flavors which are dangerous to your health. When fried, a chemical called acrylamide is produced which is a known carcinogen found in cigarettes. Other alternatives to potato chips include baking your own kale chips or purchasing a dehydrator and baking your own fruit or vegetable chips.
3. Can Goods
The scariest canned food is canned tomatoes or any food that has high acidity. The acidity causes BPA’s to leech from the lining of the can into the Food itself. BPA’s can disrupt hormones levels, cause brain and behavior problems, lead to cancer, heart problems and many other health problems. Children seem to be the most suceptable as well as ourselves. The FDA has not enforced any laws stating wether BPA’s are found in the can or not and don’t require labeling. However they have shown some concern which is a good sign. Its is recommended to try to purchase fresh foods and avoid cans and bottles which can cause the leeching of BPA’s into our everday food.
4. Highly processed white flours
The goal of avoiding highly processed white flours is to starve cancer tumors. The tumors feed mainly on sugars in the bloodstream that are contained in white flour. Refining the grain, depletes its natural occurring nutrients. In the past, mills aged their flour to whiten it. Today it is bleached with a chemical named chlorine gas. Chlorine gas can be lethal and isn’t safe to inhale. White flour contains a high glycemic rate that boosts our blood sugar levels which is directly believed to be the cause of diabetes. Healthy alternatives are hemp flour, brown rice flour, and coconut flour etc…
5. Refined Sugars
The Nobel laureate in medicine, German Otto Warburg, in 1931, discovered that tumors and cancers both use sugars to “feed” themselves to increase in size. This alone is a scary thought. These cancer cells prefer high fructose corn syrup because it is the easiest and mostly quickly metabolized. Refined sugars also spike insulin levels which cause a lot of other health problems. HFCS is found in almost all of our everyday foods so please read labels when selecting foods while shopping. Healthy alternatives include coconut sugar, honey, organic agave and dates for culinary uses.
6. Consuming Non-organic fruits
The most dangerous non organic fruits are apples, oranges, grapes, and berries. They are know to contain many pesticides and chemicals such as: thiodicarb, atrazine (which is banned in European companies), organophosphates as well as dangerous fertilizers and hormones. They are not only dangerous to humans but also to animals and insects. So by eating organic fruits you are minimalizing the amount of toxins in your body but also improving the environment as well.
Gmo’s are genetically modified organisms. These are foods that are grown and/or modified by chemicals. These are the most dangerous of all considering we don’t know the long lasting effects yet. They are unhealthy, contaminate land forever, increase herbicide use, harm the environment, and on the contrary belief actually don’t increase yields. They should be avoided at all cost. So please read labels and take action against the GMO movement from the government. We should choose to make ourselves much healthier and to encourage more non GMO options to be be available.
8. Farmed fish
Farmed fish are fed a diet which is totally unnatural to them but they have no choice but to eat. These diets include antibiotics, pesticides, chemicals and other carcenogens. 60 percent of salmon that is eaten in the USA is farm raised in overcrowded and unclean conditions. Farmed salmon can contain high levels of mercury, dioxins, and PCB’s. They are fed chemicals to make their color more like wild salmon, and fed pellets of chicken feces, corn meal, soy, and genetically modified canola oil. It is highly recommended to purchase wild caught seafood whenever possible.
9. Soda Pop
Soda pop contains large amounts of chemicals and artificial colorings. They are packed full of sugar and lead to numerous health problems including obesity. They can lead to insulin resistance and inflammation in the body. They also cause gastro esophageal reflux disease. This disease causes properties from the stomach to leak into the esophagus which can be painful. They also irritate already occurring ulcers.. All of these problems combined definitely doesn’t help us to be cancer free. Try to avoid all sodas because they are an empty source of calories and are non nutritious.
10. Hydrogenated Oils
Hydrogenated oils are altered to look appealing to eye and are used to preserve foods for as long as possible. All hydrogenated oils are considered vegetable oils. They are made into vegetable oil by chemically altering its original state. They have been know to change our cell membranes structure and flexibility which can cause cancer. It is recommended to avoid them and to alternatively use coconut or grape seed oil for similar culinary uses.