Foods that Increase Cancer Risk

Foods that Increase Cancer Risk

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One of the leading causes of death in the world today is cancer. There are many factors that cause a person to get sick of cancer, such as heredity, cigarette smoking, environment, physical inactivity and sun exposure. In one research, it has also been found out that your dietary lifestyle plays a very important role in putting you at risk for cancer, especially if you have a family history of cancer. Here are top 10 foods that increase cancer risk that you should probably avoid eating.

Fried Foods

Fried foods are one of the most convenient foods that busy people mostly eat. Name it—French fries, onion rings, and potato chips; these are our favorite go-to foods that we consume almost every day. These fried foods contain trans fats, which are hydrogenated and unhealthy oils. Your cholesterol levels will increase and you are at risk for increased blood pressure and stroke. Since these foods are cooked at high temperatures, a by-product of deep-frying called acrylamide is carcinogenic and neurotoxic which puts you at a very high risk for cancer.

Sweetened Beverages

Diet beverages, soda pops and other bottled fruit juices are loaded with sugars that basically increase cancer risk. These beverages have high glycemic load, laden with food chemicals and coloring which acidifies the body and literally is a source of energy for carcinogens in the body and aids in the formation and growth of tumors. Soda pop chemical 4-MI and artificial sweetener aspartame are the main causes of a wide range of illnesses including cancer and birth defects. If you prefer sweetened beverages over natural sources, you deprive your body of the minerals, vitamins, and other essential nutrients that you need in your diet.

Alcoholic Drinks

Although alcohol is safe when taken in moderation, an excess of such will put you in several cancer risks, like cancer of the liver, mouth, breast, esophagus, and colon. Women who drink at least 2 glasses per day will increase their risk of developing and dying from breast cancer especially in postmenopausal women.

Snack Foods

Processed, packaged foods are generally unhealthy and must be avoided. These include crackers, chips, cookies, cupcakes and other store-bought packed foods. These foods are prepared to last for a long time and so are loaded with preservatives, white flour, sugar, salt and trans fat. You are also at risk for gaining weight and increasing cholesterol.

Charred Meats

Are you fond of grilling and barbecuing? Meats cooked at high temperature create heterocyclic aromatic amines. These are carcinogens which put you at risk for developing cancer. The longer you cook your meat, the higher the production of these carcinogens will be. The next time you grill your meat, do not let them burn or become black. It is best to cook your meat rare or medium rare rather than well-done. Even bread toasts and other charred foods have the same effect.

Cured Meats

Bacon, hot dogs, lunch meats, sausage and other cured or processed meats contain chemical preservatives to make them appear appealing and fresh. A carcinogen called nitratosamine or nitrates are significantly present in these meats, so limit your consumption on these foods and more importantly limit giving cured and processed meats to your little kids and pregnant women. Choose products which do not have nitrates or are from organic sources. You can even do the processing yourself to ensure that there are no nitrates included in the making.

Pickled Foods

Pickled foods are made with lots of salt and vinegar which puts you at risk for stomach cancer. Pickling is designed to store foods for a long time, but if you have a refrigerator, pickling is no longer necessary. It is already a choice. To be sure of how these foods are prepared, you may opt to do it yourself or buy pickled products from people that you know. Pickled foods may include vegetables, eggs, fish and meats.


Who would have thought that these holed dessert treats is carcinogenic? Doughnuts are made with white flour, refined sugar and hydrogenated oils, and then they are deep-fried at very high temperatures and finally glazed with sugary icings and glazes. These sugar-laden snacks influence the production of insulin in the body, which accelerates the growth and division of cancer cells in the pancreas. With the risks combined, you are potentially in for developing cancer if you regularly and continue eating this favorite dessert treat.

Red Meat

People who regularly eat meat or red meats are three times most likely at risk for developing cancer of the colon. Steaks, hamburgers, or high-fat cheeses, these foods are high in saturated fats which increases your risks. Limit your consumption to at least two times per week and eat more on white fish, vegetables and fruits. Choose organic sources as much as possible.

Farmed Fish

Farm-raised fishes are raised in tanks or enclosures and are fed with feeds that have chemicals in them. Farmed fish contains significant amounts of carcinogens and toxins like polychlorinated biphenyls(PCBs), pesticides, flame retardants, and antibiotics. Even though fish farming is already banned in the United States, it is still a usual practice in other countries. If you are health-conscious or you are at high risks of developing cancer, choose wild fish or fish caught from the sea because they grew naturally and even free of these cancer-causing agents.

Cancer is one of the worst and most expensive diseases in the world today. Developing this illness is contributed by many factors and the kind of foods that you are eating may play a very big risk for you. Choose foods that are organic, naturally prepared, fresh and nutritious. Avoid these top 10 foods that increase cancer risk and you are on your way to a healthy and lower cancer risk. Along with your healthy food choices, have a regular exercise, keep a calm and stress-free life, and modify your unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking and frequent sun bathing.

Mike L. is author and editor at Sowest. Mike has produced and marketed innovative content for many blogs. Stay in touch with Mike on Sowest .

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