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11 Cancer Causing Foods You Weren’t Aware Of


Cancer is a group of diseases distinguished by abnormal cell growth, which can spread to other parts of your body. We are all aware of its emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual toll. But did you know that the American Cancer Society now reports the chances of getting cancer are currently 1 in 2 for men and 1 in 3 for women?

These alarming numbers indicate a growing epidemic in our country, but it isn’t time to throw in the towel just yet. The American Association for Cancer Research has said that over half of cancers can be avoidable. So it seems that we need to look at what we are subjecting our bodies to find out what might be at the root of the cancer epidemic.

Several factors greatly influence cancer risk, but none more so than food and nutrition. Cancer-causing foods are probably already in your everyday diet, and you don’t even realize it. Many studies have linked some commercially available foods to cancer due to the harmful, cancer-causing chemicals they include. Let’s take a look at the 11 we’ve found.

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1. Foods Labeled “Diet”

If you see words like “diet,” “low-fat,” “fat-free,” or “sugar-free,” you should know that those missing items are probably being replaced with chemicals. Diet foods are full of artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors,… and probably more. As the National Cancer Institute points out, one artificial sweetener, Saccharin, was determined to cause cancer in lab rats.

The three most widely used dyes, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, and Red 40, are tainted with known carcinogens. Another coloring, Red 3, has been acknowledged for years by the Food and Drug Administration to be a carcinogen, yet it can still be found in many products. If you choose the regular version of these foods, but in moderation, it’s a better option than the diet versions and will help you avoid cancer-causing foods.

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34 thoughts on “11 Cancer Causing Foods You Weren’t Aware Of”

  1. Well, this has certainly been an informative article. Thank you for providing it. A good share of the foods mentioned are ones that I’ve eaten for years never suspecting that they can cause such havoc! I’ll definitely be making some changes in what I eat and drink.

    1. I’m with you, who would have thought? This is so sad what they are doing with our food. Unfortunately too late for me, I’ve already gotten cancer. I always believed it was the foods that did it and now I know it was 😡

      1. There are so many options!!! Fresh fruits carefully washed and dried are great for starters. Good protein (Beef and chicken and fresh salmon) are great with a big salad with a homemade lemon juice /olive oil/salt and pepper dressing.

  2. This is bad because most of these foods I have been eating all my life and now to find out that they could cause Cancer. Thank you for the information. Keep up the good work.

  3. Over the past 10-12 years, I have learned of the harm of many on your list, and made the change to avoid them. This means paying more for most of the healthier options, but well-worth to avoid cancer. I am 79, and will now STOP consuming microwave popcorn, potato chips, and french fries!

  4. make a list at the top of your shopping list of what to avoid. You won’t be able to avoid them all the time but any reduction has to be good. Start thinking about cooking vegs and eating fruits from their natural state. May take a bit longer but the return on that investment of time is well worth it, it seems to me.

  5. THE SKY IS FALLING ! ! That’s the take I get. I’m in the age range that “shouldn’t be alive today”, yet I’ve eaten almost all of the “cancer causing foods” all my life. We, as a species, are carnivores. That means meat, generally red. GMO’s are what has kept this world from extreme famine. Wheat’s (and many other grains)that are drought and insect repellent, farmed fish that, yes, in SOME areas of the world are bad, but here, in the U.S., are regulated for disease, overcrowding, carcinogen causing agents, and the list goes on. Just once I would like people to think before they automatically believe all the total garbage being spewed about what we eat is killing us. Remember, Aspirin will save your life, but if you take too much of it, it will kill you.

    1. Thank you ken. finally a voice of reason!!
      I say moderation in all things . my husband is a farmer and we get so tired of hearing all the flack about this and that .keep on keeping on!

  6. What a GREAT GUIDELINE of fast foods, and beverage’s what not to eat on a daily basis, toxicity,not aware of causing certain’ve given us to FOLLOW..for me is a true blessing offered! Sanford

    1. I totally agree on the fact that eating healthy is very pricey!!! I eat a lot of salmon, however it’s always farm raised because the wild is $20.00 a pound!! Salmon is expensive without buying the wild!!! I guess we should just all eat berries and fruit without any preservatives. It’s hard to grow your own food when you live in the city and work for a living!! I can see giving up French fries, chips, soda, cookies etc…but then what kind of life is that? Everything in moderation and you may still get hit by a bus!! Just saying?

  7. So why are all these poisons being allowed in our food? If they know how bad it is, it shouldn’t used. I’ve been eating this crap all my life , not aware of how harmful everything is.

  8. Is there a balance that can be struck here? That is, if we eat some of these foods, is there something we can also eat to counteract it? Obviously, if we eat too much of it, we’re at risk. However, if we eat these foods infrequently, is there a counter-balance that can negate effects of them? Seems that a lot more people are having more dietary problems than they used to have. Thanks for publishing this article.

  9. Well, I’ve consumed everything on the list. So what now? I’ve begun cutting back on many of the foods listed. Does the FDA have a list of these foods? Are they not regulating what is being allowed on our shelves for consumption. Guess it’s just a free-for-all survival of the fittest.

  10. Most of these foods are well known as cancer causing. I question the GMO’s.
    I thought genetically modified meant
    It was modified at the “genetic level”, seeds, growing methods etc. I have never heard that food was “ injected” … makes me doubt that one as being accurate.

  11. This was an “eye opening” article, and an excellent source of health related information. I will certainly keep this article in mind when shopping.

  12. I knew someone who was trying to lose weight and all they ate for a long time was microwave popcorn. he lost weight but he also developed cancer that spread and he ended up dying. I always thought it was the microwave popcorn. now I know it was.

  13. “Just don’t eat” anything, and you will avoid cancer. You can’t eat a single food item anymore without being told that it causes cancer and/or heart disease. Enough of this nonsense already! Eat everything in moderation, and that is being realistic. Just eat nuts and organic fruits? Who in blazes is going to do that??? Get real here.

  14. so in the future I’m going to die so what else is new. At least when I die it will be a good death, not by suicide.
    Unless I’m in great pain I will think about it but only then.

  15. If someone gives you poison and you die then they can be charged for your death. What about the people who provide the food with carcinogens for public consumption? What then? When consumed then cancer is detected in your body who then is criminally responsible for the disease and death? It is an eye opening situation isn’t it?

    Whom can we sue or press charges on?

  16. You can avoid all the said foods and still get cancer you can eat all the said foods and not get cancer the luck of the draw if you are meant to get it you will genetics

  17. Get the government to stop tainting our food. The food when I was growing up tasted so much better and it was better for you. You can blame the government for all this. I also believe that they have the cure for Cancer and will not release it because it is too big of a money maker for Pharmaceutical companies, Dr’s. Hospitals’ Ins. and many more corrupt companies and Politicians .

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