“Everything causes cancer” is a popular saying going around these days. While it may be true that everything can cause cancer, this could be linked to the fact that everything we consume has been partially or totally processed before we ever got a chance to cook it. So which foods are carcinogenic, meaning that it could increase the risk of getting cancer, which foods are not, and how do we reduce our risk of getting cancer?
One way to reduce your cancer risk is to stay away from processed food. This means no fast food, no potato or corn chips, no instant noodles, and definitely no canned goods. These have undergone so many processes and have been exposed to so many chemicals that you have no idea what it could do to your body. It might have no effect or it could be the reason why you have a higher risk of getting cancer. This list of processed food also includes instant coffee, powdered milk, refined flour, and refined sugar.
Don’t start thinking that all fruits are good for you. There are fruits that are sprayed with so many chemicals to keep pests off and other chemicals to ‘enhance’ sweetness or some other trait that would make you want to buy the fruit in the first place. Remember that the plant will be absorbing those chemicals and they end up in the fruit. What you’re eating in your fruit might be chemical and could potentially cause you to develop cancer.
Not all fruits and vegetables are grown with chemicals. Organic produce is the way to go if you’re trying to avoid raising your risk for cancer. This is a good option since fruits and vegetables contain fibre, and having a good amount of fibre in your diet is recommended to reduce the risk of getting cancer.
What about natural supplements coming from fruit? For the most part they are safe and the best ones have beneficial health properties including possibly lowering the risk of cancer. For example if the supplement contains antioxidants it is a good thing as these natural elements combat cell degenerescence. There are no Garcinia Cambogia side effects for example, so if you are using this kind of dietary product this will not increase your risk of cancer, most likely decrease it.
Aside from eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, you’ll need protein to make your diet a well-balanced one. Canned meat and other processed meat like bacon can increase your risk, as well as meat coming from animals that were fed feeds and genetically modified corn. As much as possible, have only a little bit of meat and, if you can, buy meat that comes from free range animals, because they’re less likely to cause cancer just like organically grown produce.
If you’re a fan of grilled food, this is bad news for you. Although I doubt that you like to eat the burnt parts, you should know that charred food has been linked with cancer. That little fact shout make you think twice next time you see a burnt piece of barbecued meat that you want to eat.
On to almost every adult’s favourite topic: alcohol. Alcohol can definitely increase your risk for liver cancer, and there are other known cancers associated with it. There is an accepted daily amount of alcohol that one can consume, but don’t say that you’ll just drink your weeks’ worth of acceptable alcohol amount all in one night and stay sober for the rest of the week, it doesn’t work that way.
Remember the saying: “you are what you eat”? Well, with cancer, and carcinogenic food, you definitely become what you eat: cancerous. Although cancer may be slow to develop, don’t think that you have so much time in the world to switch to healthy habits that another day of eating carcinogens wouldn’t hurt you. We are all exposed to so many carcinogenic factors in our day to day lives that eating healthily can make so much of a difference down the line.
So stop procrastinating on your diet change and start today, tomorrow might be a little too late.