50 Cancer Causing Foods to Avoid

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There are many risk factors associated with cancers, including an unhealthy diet. Improving diet and making other lifestyle changes help reduce the risk of chronic inflammation and obesity. These conditions may be caused by eating too much sugar, processed foods and poorly prepared meals. Another risk factor for cancer is oxidative stress, which happens when the body and organs are under strain due to excess free radicals. Oxidative stress may be lessened by incorporating antioxidants into the diet.

A healthy diet and lifestyle may help prevent cancer. Certain foods are classified as known or probable carcinogens and should be avoided if following a cancer-friendly diet. Other foods should be consumed in moderation.

1. Processed Meats

Meat that's been cooked at high temperatures and altered through smoking, salting, fermentation or curing is categorized as processed meat. This method of cooking is used to preserve meat for longer periods and enhance its flavor. Deli meats, frankfurters, ham, pepperoni, roast beef and chorizo are examples of processed meats.

Processed meats are classified as Group 1 carcinogens, which can put people at risk for developing stomach or colon cancer.1‘Cancer: Carcinogenicity of the Consumption of Red Meat and Processed Meat.’ World Health Organization, World Health Organization, www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/cancer-carcinogenicity-of-the-consumption-of-red-meat-and-processed-meat.” It's advisable to cut down the consumption of processed meats or choose suitable alternatives such as roast chicken or plant proteins.

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