A healthy diet seems to be the answer to all our problems: high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, fatigue, skin and hair problems etc. Recent studies have also shown that a healthy diet is a great way to prevent cancer! No, we’re not joking – you really can prevent cancer by avoiding these 10 bad foods!
Better to prevent than cure, right?
1.Cured and Smoked Foods
Curing is a process of adding salt, sugar, nitrates and nitrites to meat, fish and vegetables, to prevent them from spoiling.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified cured and smoked foods (processed meat, fish and vegetables) as “carcinogenic to humans”
Fish farms are often overcrowded, which allows the disease from one fish to transfer to another very fast. Also, some experts claim that farmed fish are treated with pesticides. Unlike wild fish, farmed fish contain high levels of chemical pollutants, which can cause cancer.
GMOs are very dangerous, so you should definitely avoid them. Always buy organic food from the local markets, or take a good look on the labels of foods to see if they are GMO free.
Not all grilled meat is bad, just the one that is cooked on coal or wood. When coal or wood burn, they produce PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), which can increase your risk of getting cancer. So, make sure you’re using a different type of grill.
Hydrogenated oils, commonly known as trans-fats are created in an industrial process from vegetable oil and are used in margarine, snack food, fried food and packaged baked goods. Trans fats are actually the ones that give fat a bad name. They lower the “good” cholesterol, increase the “bad cholesterol”, cause obesity and many other health problems. Always read the label to make sure you avoid foods that contain these unsaturated fats.
In order to prevent oil from soaking through the packaging, companies fill the bags with Perfluoroalkyls, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). When heated, these chemicals don’t go away, but stay on your popcorn. That means you’re ingesting toxic ingredients into your body. So, next time try to make your own popcorn.
Besides affecting your physique, sugar also causes many health problems. Just to be clear, we’re talking about refined sugar, not the natural sugar found in fruits. You know what they say: “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”.
8.Soda/ Sports Drinks
Everybody drinks them because they are popular. But do people really know what’s inside them? No vitamins, nor minerals, just a bunch of fructose corn syrup, sugar, dyes and tons of other chemicals. A homemade smoothie is a much better option.
9. Soy Protein Isolate
Soybeans are the largest crop in the world that is genetically modified. And still new soy products keep appearing on the market every day. Although soy is rich in protein (which makes it so popular among athletes), it’s also known to cause problems with the thyroid and promote the growth of breast cancer.
Many people switched from white bread to whole-wheat bread, and the reason is “because it’s a lot healthier”! That’s true, the whole-wheat flour isn’t as nearly as processed and intoxicated as the white flour. The seeds (of the whole-wheat flour) are not treated with fungicide, the plants are not sprayed with pesticides, they are not stored in bins filled with insecticides etc.
So, make the right choice and avoid products made of white flour!