Cancer-causing Foods That You Need To Strictly Avoid

By: Sripriya Satish
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As Benjamin Franklin, who is a writer, philosopher and a scientist rightly said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", there is nothing in this world more worthy than taking steps to prevent diseases than to repent later.

Cancer is the most deadly disease in today's era, which one should be truly concerned about when it strikes us!

Food is one of the most important aspects that one needs to take care of in order to prevent cancer or for that matter any kind of a disease.

Making some changes to our food habits would be a right initiative to keep this disease at bay.

In this article, we have tried to throw light on various cancer-causing foods that we need to strictly avoid! Take a look.

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High Salted Foods:

High salty foods have the tendency to corrode or inflame the inner lining of the stomach, thus making it vulnerable to cancer-causing tumours. The ideal recommendation for the salt to be included in our diet, by the department of health, is not more than 6 g a day. Thus, cutting down on salt from our end would greatly reduce the risk of cancer.

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Carbonated Beverages:

This might be one of the major cancer-causing foods. The harmful ingredients present in the carbonated beverages like the chemicals, dyes, high-fructose corn syrup (HCFS), etc., makes it a very harmful drink for our health. They not only absorb the nutrients, which we get from other foods, but also provide zero nutritional value, thus making our system weak and more prone to this dangerous disease.

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Canned Foods:

Canned foods may seem to be the best alternative; but in reality, it is the most carcinogenic of all foods. Let us see how! If you think, canned foods might be carcinogenic because of its preservatives, then you've got it wrong. The real culprit is the lining material used to manufacture these cans namely bisphenol-A or BPA.

Studies have shown that BPA has the capacity to alter the gene structure which is directly linked to the cause of cancer. If the contents of the can are acidic in nature, this may easily corrode the lining, thus leading to a mixture of the food contents and BPA, which on consumption can turn highly dangerous. Instead, go for fresh foods that are highly reliable.

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Artificial Sweeteners:

Well! Most of us have the wrong assumption that artificial sweeteners are as good as the regular sugar. But this is wrong! In fact these sweeteners are highly refined in nature, which leads to high sugar level in our system. This in turn leads to a nice feed for the cancerous cells. A few artificial sweeteners, which are in most common use are saccharine, aspartame, cyclamate, etc. While saccharine can cause bladder cancer, aspartame may be the cause of brain tumours.

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White Flour:

White flour, commonly called maida, is nothing but processed product of wheat. It is processed with the help of chlorine gas because of which it gets its white colour. Because of the chlorine gas and its high glycaemic values, it can easily cause diabetes, which in turn causes the spread of cancerous cells!

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Excess Alcohol:

Studies show that there is a strong connection between drinking of alcohol and the development of various types of cancer. Excess alcohol consumption may lead to cancers such as mouth cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, bowel cancer and throat cancer.

The ideal recommendation on the intake of alcohol by the Cancer Research UK and the American Cancer Society is not more than one drink for women and two drinks for men.

Thus, small changes made in our diet by avoiding a few foods can prove to be a blessing in avoiding cancer.

Read more about: cancer, foods, alcohol
Story first published: Thursday, July 27, 2017, 19:30 [IST]
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