This century has witnessed more processed foods in the history of man, and the trend seems to be gaining more momentum than ever before.
With this trend, there also seems to be an increase in the rate at which people all over the world contract cancer.
The truth is that, most of the food that many consider to be delicious and everyone seems to love are cancer causing foods; and many folks seem to be ignorant of this fact.
In this article, we will have a look at some of the most delicious cancer causing foods in the world, and the alternative healthy replacement for them.
You might discover that your favourite delicacy falls under this cancer causing foods.
Don’t fret it.
These foods are not friendly at all and destroys your body, because the more you consume them, the more prone you are to contracting cancer.
I am not going to scare you with some of the foods that could cause cancer. We already have more than enough of such articles around the world wide web.
Rather, I will be providing you with some amazing alternatives for each of the cancer causing foods that will be listed here.
Let’s get started already!
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s)
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), are foods that have been artificially modified with chemicals; and a good number of foods these days fall under GMOs label.
However, the top culprit seems to be grains like wheat while corn, sugar and soy follow suit.
As a matter of fact, it is believed that Celiac Disease and a host of other digestive problems that arise from gluten are as a result of genetically modifying wheat; and not actually from the wheat itself.
The main reason why crops are genetically modified is to increase yield; but then comes the side-effects. They are also modified so as to create a product that is sturdy enough to allow for nationwide shipping.
GMOs have been linked with various diseases like birth defects and rapid tumour growth (cancer).
It pays to check out the label of any product you are buying to know if they have been processed or modified. You will see the “GMO-free” label if they are not modified. It’s a pity that almost all grains have been genetically modified these days. These are products like soybeans, corn and wheat.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) Replacements
The good thing is that modified grains can be replaced with GMO-Free non-Processed foods. The most common genetically modified crops are corn, soy, canola and sugar beets. These can be easily practically replaced.
- You could go completely Grass-Fed. It is most likely that cattle that has been fed corn and grains consumed GMO.
- YOU COULD REPLACE canola oil with extra-virgin olive oil or coco nut oil.
- You could look for GMO-Free corn starch and corn tortilla chips
- Ensure that you buy products that bear the label “100% Organic” or “GMO-Free”. Anything less than that, steer clear as GMO-Free has become a hot marketing tool.
Many folks love popcorn just like myself; especially while watching a movie at home or at the cinema as you just casually throw them into your mouth.
However, microwave popcorn are a serious health threat and when I found this out, I had to let go though it was something I loved so much.
The lining of microwave popcorn bags have been linked to infertility, carious tumours and pancreatic cancer.
As a matter of fact, microwave popcorn most often ranks as number one in cancer causing foods when it was rated by health experts. Trust me, this is one food you would want to get rid of and replace fast.
Microwave Popcorn Replacements
Having learnt that microwave popcorn is a precursor of troubles to come, what healthy alternative is there; especially for popcorn lovers like myself?
Well, you are in luck as there is replacement for popcorn that is even far better than the microwave popcorn. Having known the dire risks of eating it, it’s better to run and make do with the alternative.
You would need to switch to stovetop or air-popped popcorn.
But how, you may ask.
Again this is really easy. Buy GMO-Free kernels from your favourite popcorn store. You will see the GMO – Free certification right on the front of the bags.
Add some coconut oil to a pan, add some kernels and cover with a lid and in just a couple of minutes, you will have some delicious popcorn that comes with no side effects.
In addition, the coconut oil offers it a delicious unique flavour.
Refined sugar is consumed a lot worldwide, and find usage in many industrial and domestic applications.
Refined sugar just seems to be everywhere!
However, refined sugar is known to spike insulin levels in the body thus causing weight gain. In addition, refined sugar is very addictive.
As if that is not bad enough about refined sugar, it is known to feed cancer cells.
Yeah, you read right!
Cancer cells spread very fast as they feed on sweeteners like High-Fructose-Corn Syrup (HFCS). Majority of the processed foods you see around are loaded with HFCS, like packaged cereals, sodas, flavoured beverages and most especially baked goods.
Refined sugar is bad and dangerous to your health and you should totally avoid it if you want to avoid cancer. It is one of the most consumed cancer causing foods anywhere in the world.
Refined Sugar Replacement
The good thing is that there is a suitable replacement for refined sugar. While honey will come to your mind very fast, I would suggest Agave. The reason being that getting access to natural unprocessed honey seems to be very difficult.
Agave looks quite like honey but it’s less viscous; and a very suitable delicious sugar substitute. It is gotten from the sap found in the agave plant; which is the same plant from tequila is borne.
The flavour of agave is very strong, so you have to use less of it. It also comes with a substantial amount of calories.
It’s very hard to find any nutritional value in a sweetener, but not with agave. Agave contains calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium which are essential minerals needed for proper body functioning.
Agave does have substantial calories, but you use less because the flavour is very strong.
To sweeten the deal with agave, it has a lower glycemic index than table sugar, meaning that it won’t spike up your blood sugar levels.
What makes agave astounding is that it’s natural; and not from a test tube!
Fish is a nutritious diet and known to be the healthiest of foods in the world; however farmed salmon though a fish food is one that you should totally avoid as it’s a cancer causing food.
Farm-raised salmons are fed with unnatural foods that contains pesticides, chemicals, antibiotics and many other carcinogens.
You now see why it’s very important that you keep away from farm raised salmons if you really want to keep away from cancer causing foods.
Though it may look appetizing, you sure don’t know what it has been feeding on; unless it was caught in the wild; and these all get transferred to your body when you consume them.
Farmed Salmon Replacement
The best replacement for farm raised salmon is that caught in the wild. It doesn’t only tastes good but it fights cancer as well.
Just as farmed salmon is atop the list of cancer causing foods, wild salmon tops the list too in cancer preventing foods!
You see the analogy here!
Wild salmons are very rich in Vitamin D which helps in the fight against cancerous and precancerous cells.
Vitamin D has been linked to the prevention of several cancers like the cancers of the breast and colon. This might be because Vitamin D helps in blocking the growth of blood vessels that feeds on cancer tumours.
It’s really hard to find foods that are naturally high in Vitamin D, which is why eating loads of wild caught salmons and spending about 20 – 30 minutes a day getting natural sunlight are two of the best ways in fighting and preventing cancer.
How many times have you salivated over those huge chunks of red well-prepared meat all staring at you?
I guess you know the feelings!
But red meat, especially processed meats tops the list among cancer causing foods. Pregnant women are often told to keep away from eating processed meats like bacon, lunch meats, sausages , baloney and hot dogs; and for good reasons.
The reasons are that processed meats are riddled with preservatives and chemicals that are meant to preserve the freshness so they have the colour of the animals from which they came, but the side effects is that the chemicals and preservatives are bad for your health.
This is one reason why processed meats tops the list in the foods that cause cancer. One of the worst culprits when it comes to cancer causing ingredients are sodium nitrates, and it’s used in processed meats.
They are preservatives that makes the meat look fresh and is a known carcinogen that causes cancer.
Processed Meats Replacement
For a replacement, you might want to check your local whole foods market or organic market. They will often stock up their meat cases with nitrate free meats. Also, it would also be wise to look out for the Nitrate-Free label.
For your information, nitrate free meats generally turn color so make sure you eat them up in a reasonable time.