1Everyday Foods That Could Cause Cancer
There is so much conflicting information about foods which cause cancer that you would think many people have given up trying to watch what they eat. But it’s not actually true according to a number of surveys, proving that a huge part of the population does want to live healthier.
It’s very important to understand one thing in relation to diet and cancer. The likelihood of getting cancer from anything you eat or even any chemical depends on how much, how long and how often you have been exposed to known carcinogens.
So it’s never too late to make a cancer fighting meal plan and lifestyle changes that reduce your risk of developing cancer. Some of the cancer causing foods we’ve noted have enough research backing them to make it to this list of questionable stuff we eat or drink daily without thinking twice about it.
You don’t have to eliminate these from your diet completely, but you could think of reducing how much of these products you consume or swap a few of them for the some of the top anti cancer foods we’ve mentioned as alternatives.
When you drink soda, you are exposing yourself to a combination of BPA, sugar or chemical sweeteners and 4-MEI. The sugar in soda contributes to empty, nutrition-deficient calories and therefore weight gain. Apart from increasing the risk of heart problems and diabetes, obesity is a major risk factor for a number of cancers including those of the breast, uterus, kidney and pancreas.
The American Heart Association recommends that on a daily basis, men and women should consume no more than 9 teaspoons (36 gm) and 6 teaspoons (25 gm) of sugar respectively. Additionally, soda cans are lined with bisphenol-A (BPA) plastic which is a known hormone disrupter. What about diet drinks?
‘Zero calorie’ and ‘sugar-free’ diet soda usually use artificial sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda), aspartame, saccharin or other chemicals in an attempt to appeal to your taste buds. Some of these artificial sugars have been linked to brain tumors and even infertility. Additionally, the caramel color of soda has 4-MEI as a byproduct, a known carcinogen.
Alternative: If you’re craving soda, it’s highly likely that you’re just hungry for a nutrient-rich snack. But if it’s a cold drink you really want, the best alternative to soda is a cold glass of water with a refreshing slice of lemon or cucumber popped into it.