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Five cancer causing foods to avoid in order to live a long and healthy life

Did you know that the American Cancer Society now reports the chances of getting cancer are now 1 in 2 for men, and 1 in 3 for women? Those staggering numbers indicate a growing epidemic in the U.S., but it isn’t time to throw in the towel.

In their annual cancer progress report, The American Association for Cancer Research stated: ”It is estimated that more than 50 percent of the 585,720 cancer deaths expected to occur in the United States in 2014 will be related to preventable causes”.

With over half of cancers being avoidable, it seemed that a closer look needed to be taken at we are subjecting our bodies to that might me at the root of the cancer epidemic.

Below you’ll see 4 cancer causing foods to avoid in order to live a long and healthy life.

1 – Hydrogenated Oils

Hydrogenated oils, like vegetable oil, contain trans fats.  The Mayo Clinic says it’s considered to be the worst type of fat there is. It’s known to cause cancer, heart disease, and immune system problem. In fact, there is no safe amount of trans fats in your diet. Many scientists made a preliminary determination to say trans fats are not generally regarded as safe, like previously thought. You can avoid hydrogenated oil but instead choosing  coconut, palm, or olive oil.

2 – French Fries/Crisps 

These fast food staples are fried in hydrogenated vegetable oil and then heavily salted. It’s not only hydrogenated oils that cause the damage but the high salt content is also concerning. It increases the risk of high blood pressure as well as other health problems.According to the National Cancer Institute, acrylamide is found in cigarette smoke and industrial building materials, as well some foods. Both french fries and crisps were found to have higher levels of this chemical that studies have shown increase the risk of cancer.

3 – Microwave Popcorn

There is more than just kernels in most microwave popcorn. It contains PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) which is a likely carcinogen. The artificial butter in the popcorn contains another dangerous chemical that can damage the lungs when inhaled. In fact, a couple of years ago a Colorado court awarded a man a $7.2 million settlement for “popcorn lung” which is a lung condition from inhaling too much microwave popcorn.

4 – Processed Meat

Bacon, lunch meat, hot dogs, sausages, and other processed meats have been shown to increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67% a study by the University of Hawaii concluded. More shocking statistics shared by the Organic Consumer’s Association reveal hot dogs commonly contain sodium nitrite, a cancer causing ingredient the USDA has been trying to ban since the 1970s. Leukemia risks soared a staggering 700% with hot dog consumption.

5 – Refined Sugar/Soda

Refined sugar is a danger because not only is it typically GMO because it’s genetically modified sugar beets, but it rapidly spikes insulin levels. CNCA health warns this, in turn, feeds cancer cells. Fructose, the type of sugar found in soda, is a serious cancer culprit as well. It contains caramel color, a known carcinogen.

 

 

 

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