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.
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.