How we eat our way to cancer
SEE ALSO :Women who drink top cancer screeningMicrowave popcorn and its chemically lined bags are said to cause cancer.The kernels, unless organic, are likely to be genetically modified. Also, fumes from the artificial butter flavouring contain diacetyl that is harmful to humans. If you’re craving popcorn, make it the old fashioned way - it’s healthier and tastier. 3. Processed meat Bacon, sausages, ham, hot dogs, and any other processed meat, contain cancer-causing chemicals. The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer declared processed meat cancerous to humans. According to the organisation, the risk of developing colon cancer increased by 18 per cent for those who consumed 50g (the equivalent of a hot dog or four bacon strips) of processed meat every day. 4. Sodas Due to their high amount of sweeteners, sodas, which have no nutritional value, can cause diabetes, weight gain and obesity. Everything used in their manufacturing is artificial - the colour, sweeteners (such as saccharin) and flavour. All these promote cancer. Saccharin is about 300-500 times sweeter than sucrose and it has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory animals. Aspartame, another soft drink sweetener, has also been found to cause brain tumors in laboratory animals, too.
SEE ALSO :How to eat fat and stay healthyTry natural substitutes such as honey, molasses and maple syrup. 10. Refined white flour This is a staple in most homes, even though it is associated with weight gain and obesity when overeaten. This flour has been stripped of most nutrients and fibre that is necessary for the body. During its processing, the flour is also bleached - whitened - and as a result forms alloxican, a toxin that causes diabetes. Researchers use this toxin in the lab to cause diabetes in healthy animals in order to experiment with the disease’s treatment. As a refined carbohydrate, this flour has a high glycemic index that raises the blood sugar levels fast, and cancer cells are known to feed mostly on the sugars in our bloodstreams. Best alternative? Go for whole grain products. 11. Refined white sugar Our cells need glucose for normal functioning, but according to researchers, sugar - especially refined - feeds cancers. Other than weight gain, hyperactivity, anxiety, fatigue and upsetting the body’s mineral balance, excess sugar weakens the immune system. One is prone to develop cancer - all types of cellular cancer - as intestinal yeasts, fungi and toxic organisms feed on the sugars in our bodies. 12. GMO products Genetically modified products take a shorter time to mature. They were also created by injecting them with DNA from another species for prolonged shelf life, pest resistance and protection against viruses. The debate, however, is still ongoing as to whether GMOs cause cancer. According to Dr Kevin Folta, chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville, “Some of the confusion surrounding GMO crops and cancer comes from reports where the natural Bt (bacillus thuringiensis) protein, incorporated into insect resistant plants, or glyphosate, the herbicide used on some GM crops, is applied to cell lines in a petri dish.” As more and more researchers work day and night to dispel his findings, Dr Folta adds that it is important to remember that cells in a petri dish do not behave like cells in the body, hence there is no reliable evidence that consumption of foods derived from GM crops could cause the same changes in a living organism. 13. Contaminated fruits and vegetables There is a connection between pesticides and cancers such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia, prostate, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, lung, pancreatic and testicular. Apples, strawberries, peaches, celery, spinach and tomatoes contain higher residues of pesticides as they are more heavily treated than other fruits and vegetables. If possible, ensure that you buy organically grown produce to avoid contamination. 14. Meat raised with hormones and antibiotics Do the hormones and antibiotics used on animals have an effect on humans? Most estrogenic hormones used on the animals are cancerous in humans, especially women. After conducting researches which found that the hormones and antibiotics in meat are deadly for human consumption, in 1989, the European Union banned the sale of US hormone-treated meat in its member states.