There are many dietary changes that you can make in order to improve your health. Avoiding toxins that can and will increase your risks of developing cancer is the best place to start.
This is something you may not think about every day but with nearly two million people diagnosed with some sort of cancer in one year, we should be looking for carcinogens in all of our meals. The foods listed below are some of may that can contain carcinogens. Be aware of the things you and your family are consuming.
1. Canned Tomatoes
Fresh tomatoes are actually something that has been considered one of many different cancer-fighting foods canned tomatoes are nothing like that. When it comes to food in a can you are at risk not just with tomatoes but with all canned food. Most canned foods are lined with a chemical known as BPA (Bisphenol-A.) This is something that can also be found in hard plastics and resins. Several studies have been able to link BPA to cancer as well as infertility, obesity, and diabetes. Unless the can is labeled as BPA free, it almost without a doubt contains BPA.
A study published in May of 2013 by Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences actually showed that BPA affects the way genes work inside the brain of rats. The FDA has even gone so far as to agree that there is an issue with BPS and it is supporting efforts to replace or minimalize the use of it. When the FDA itself is getting involved, there is need to be concerned more so than ever.
Now, the reason why I singled out tomatoes for this one is because tomatoes in a can are believed to be more dangerous than other fruit and veggies in a can. This is because tomatoes are highly acidic and that seems to cause the BPA to leach from the lining of the can into the tomatoes themselves. There is currently no standard when it comes to labeling BPA so just because a can doesn’t say that it has BPA lining does not mean that you are in the clear. Fresh fruit and veggies are the way to go, however, if you must buy canned please avoid canned tomatoes altogether.
2. Soda and Sports Drinks
These things offer us no nutritional value and contain high fructose corn syrup, dyes, brominated vegetable oil(a flame retardant), and other chemicals. A study published in the American Journal of Nutrition found that people who consumed more than one soda per day were at a higher risk of a stroke when compared to people who did not drink soda. Sodas are loaded with sugar and are an empty source of calories that cause weight gain and are contributing to the epidemic that is obesity.
With artificial colorings and food chemicals like derivative 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) it is no wonder soda has been shown to cause cancer. Soda is also oftentimes the cause of gastro-esophageal reflux disease. This is when the contents of the stomach leak into the esophagus causing pain and burning.
3. Processed Meats
Processed meat is a broad variety and consists of things like sausage, hot dogs, bacon, bologna, lunch meats, etc. Cured meats tend to be higher in nitrates and preservatives that can in large amounts increase your risk of developing stomach cancer as well as some other types of cancer. Processed foods are generally not good for us.