The American Institute for Cancer says on its website, “Research has shown that most cancers can be prevented. Scientists now believe that 60 to 70% of cancers are preventable with currently available information and simple changes in diet and lifestyle.”
With this encouraging statement in mind, we’ll focus on the changes you can make in your diet day after day that will not only improve your health but also help you avoid toxins that can increase the risk of cancer.
Smoked and cured foods:
Nitrites and nitrates are preservatives that prevent food from deteriorating, and add color to meat. When heated, nitrites and nitrates are transformed into byproducts called N-nitroso compounds such as nitrosamines and nitrosamides. The N-nitroso compounds are associated with an increased risk of cancer.
Cans coated with BPA:
This product found in hard plastics and resins is used as a coating inside of metal cans. Laboratory studies on cells and animals have linked BPA to cancer, infertility, diabetes and obesity.
If “BPA-free” does not appear on the label of the product, there is great risk that it contains bisphenol-A (BPA).
According to Food and Water Watch (food and water monitoring agency), farmed fish contain higher levels of chemical pollutants than wild fish, including PCB, a known carcinogen. Because of overcrowding in fish farms, they are more susceptible to disease, which in turn increases the use of antibiotics. Farm fish are more susceptible to sea lice, which means they are also treated with pesticides.
Unfortunately, GMO (genetically modified organisms) are well infiltrated in our food which is very alarming. The GMO foods must be avoided as much as possible. Look for labels stating “GMO Free” on the packaging.
Hydrogenated oils are also known as trans fats and are artificial products. The chemical structure of these oils has been modified to prevent the product from becoming rancid and to increase the shelf life. The Harvard School of Public Health states that trans fats cause an overactive immune system and inflammation. These fats are linked to stroke, heart disease, diabetes, among many other chronic diseases. They are chemically extracted from the source and chemicals are used to change the taste and mask the smell of the oil.
Certain types of combustion, such as coal or wood, produce Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAH. An additional problem occurs when the fat from the meat starts dripping on the fire, creating a flame and smoke, which allows the PAH to be deposited on the food you are cooking, and increases the risk of exposure carcinogens.
Popcorn is not that bad and makes a very good snack! But the bags in which they are packed are coated with perfluoroalkyl, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) to prevent the oil to pass through the packaging. When heated, these chemicals seep into the popcorn, and when ingested, they appear as blood contaminants. PFOA has been associated with tumors in animal organs (liver, pancreas, testicles, and mammary glands in rats), and increased prostate cancer among workers in PFOA manufactoring factories.
Non-organic fruits and vegetables:
Conventional crops are sprayed with herbicides, pesticides and GMO seeds, which are real health hazard.
Charcuterie tends to contain high amounts of nitrates and nitrites, preservatives that can, in large quantities, potentially increase the risk of stomach or other cancers. Processed foods are usually packed with sugars, white flours, oils, artificial colors and flavors and other very unhealthy ingredients.
Researchers have discovered many links between sugar and health problems such as high levels of blood fats, low levels of HDL (good cholesterol), increased risk of heart disease, excessively high levels of triglycerides in the blood, obesity, immune suppression, arthritis and many other diseases. Cancer cells thrive and feed on sugar.
There is no nutritional value in sodas or sports drinks. They contain a lot of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, colorants, aspartame, brominated vegetable oils (a flame retardant), and many other chemicals. They “steal” from your body the essential vitamins and minerals.
Soy protein isolate:
90 to 95% of the soybeans grown in the United States, used for making soy protein isolate, is “Roundup Ready” meaning they have been genetically modified to resist herbicides. According to the American Dietetic Association, soy protein isolates are known to contain anti-nutrients that can develop or delay the ability of the body to digest food and absorb nutrients into the bloodstream. Soybeans pass through a very long industrial manufacturing process of washing with acid in aluminum vessels. Aluminum is extremly toxic to the nervous system and kidneys.
Cancer cells feed on sugar and any food that turns into sugar, such as cereals, pasta, breads etc. So for those who are struggling with cancer, eliminating sugar may help. For those looking to maintain their health, eating a balanced diet that includes fruits is not a problem because fruits contain a lot of antioxidants and have anti-cancer properties.
Seeds that are grown commercially are first treated with a fungicide. Then the plants are sprayed with pesticides. And when they are harvested they are stored in bins covered with insecticides. The grains are then treated at elevated temperature, and then ground at high speed.
The chlorine oxide as a chlorine gas bath is used as a bleaching agent and a curing agent. What you have left at the end, it is a starch deprived of nutrients and loaded with toxins.