Want a troubling statistic? Did you know that each week, over 3,000 Canadians are diagnosed with some form of cancer? It’s not easy news to get. It affects everyone around you and can some of the hardest times for the patient lie ahead. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If people are well informed, they can prevent cancer on their own. Having a healthy diet is a good start, and avoiding cancer-causing foods is a good addition.

Aside from death, many people are scared to go chemotherapy when they learn they have cancer. The reason is that this treatment is grueling and puts the body through hell. The first side effect is nausea and vomiting. This occurs almost immediately after the treatment starts. Another side effect is hair loss. This is why you see people shave their heads before they start the treatment. It removes the element of shock because this symptom can occur within the first couple of weeks of treatment.

Sometimes the healthiest people end up developing cancer. But this doesn’t mean people should eat whatever they want and live an unhealthy lifestyle. If you can avoid the following cancer-causing foods, you’ll reduce your chances of developing cancer.

BPA Lined Cans: A lot of the major food companies coat the lining of their canned foods with Bisphenol A (BPA). According to studies done on human and animal cells, BPA has been linked to several health issues. These include cancer, infertility, obesity, and diabetes.

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Smoked Foods: Smoked meats contain harmful carcinogens called nitrates and nitrites that help prevent it from spoiling. But when the smoked meat is cooked, those nitrates and nitrites turn into N-nitroso compounds which include nitrosamines and nitrosamides. N-nitroso compounds can increase your risk of developing cancer.

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Farm Fish: A lot of the fish that you get at the grocery store come from a farm. You might think that it’s safer to get your fish from a farm instead of the wild. Unfortunately, you’d be mistaken. Fish contains high levels of omega-3. Wild fish get their omega-3 from the aquatic plans in the water. Farmed fish are fed an unnatural, high-corn diet which includes other pollutants and chemicals. Some of these chemicals also include pesticides which help prevent sea lice from spreading.

Grilled Meat: Nothing is better than cooking grilled meat under a nice fire. But what if I told you that this can increase your chances of getting cancer? Well, it’s true! Cooking meat under a fire can create carcinogenic compounds called heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. According to research and studies done on animals, these dangerous chemicals have been shown to cause cancer.

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Hydrogenated Oils: You increase your chances of developing breast cancer of you constantly consume hydrogenated oils. In order to prevent the product from going bad, manufacturers have processed the oil by creating a chemical reaction with hydrogen. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, the trans fats that are in hydrogenated oils also promote inflammation and immune system over-activity. These have been linked to health issues that include heart diseases, diabetes, and cancer.

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Microwaved Popcorn: There is no better snack to enjoy while watching a movie than popcorn. But if you’re consuming microwaved popcorn, you might want to rethink that decision. Microwaved popcorn is one of the cancer-causing foods. The bags are lined with Perfluoroalkyls, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). These are used to prevent the oil from seeping through the package when it’s heating up. Unfortunately when you heat up the bagged popcorn, these chemicals end up in the popcorn. In many studies, PFOA has been associated with tumors in animal organs. Not to mention the PFOA plant workers are also at risk of developing prostate cancer as well.

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Non-Organic Vegetables and Fruits: Crops that are conventionally grown and induced with pesticides, GMO seeds, and herbicides. All three of these chemicals are dangerous for your health because they contain carcinogens.

Sugar: If you have a sweet tooth, you might want to try and cut down. Cancer cells feed off of sugar. What sugar does is it feeds tumors and encourages cancer cells to grow.

Soft Drinks and Sports Drinks: Studies have confirmed that there is a link between cancer and soft drinks like soda. They can increase the insulin production in the pancreas which can double the risk of developing pancreas cancer. Not to mention most soft drinks and sports drinks contain no nutritional value and also rob your body of its essential vitamins and minerals.

Soy Protein Isolate: According to statistics, between 90 to 95 percent of all US-grown soybeans that are used to create soy protein isolate are genetically altered. The American Dietetic Association confirms that soy protein isolates contain anti-nutrients that can delay the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients. If the body is unable to digest and absorb nutrients, it won’t be able to properly fight developing cancer cells.

White Flour: If you’re buying commercially-grown white flour, you should know how it’s processed. The seeds are treated with fungicide. Then they are sprayed with pesticides. Then they are stored in bins that are coated with insecticides. All of these chemicals increase the load of toxins in your body. To ensure that the flour stays white, the flour is mixed with chlorine oxide in the form of chlorine gas. This is one of the top cancer-causing foods. So next time you think of buying white flour, don’t!

Processed Foods: As I have mentioned already with smoked meats, processed foods also contain nitrates and nitrites that can increase the risk of you developing stomach cancer and other cancers. A lot of processed foods also contain large amounts of white flour, which I just mentioned goes through a dangerous process and contains many harmful chemicals.

Want a troubling statistic? Did you know that each week, over 3,000 Canadians are diagnosed with some form of cancer? It’s not easy news to get. It affects everyone around you and can some of the hardest times for the patient lie ahead. But it doesn’t have to be this...