The 10 most cancer causing foods

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The statement “everything causes cancer” has become a popular hyperbole, and one that some people use as rhetorical fodder to excuse their own dietary and lifestyle failures, particularly as they pertain to cancer risk. But the truth of the matter is that many common food items have, indeed, been scientifically shown to increase cancer risk, and some of them substantially.

Here are 10 of the most unhealthy, cancer causing foods that you should never eat again:

1) Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)

It goes without saying that GMOs have no legitimate place in any cancer-free diet, especially now that both GMOs and the chemicals used to grow them have been shown to cause rapid tumor growth. But GMOs are everywhere, including in most food derivatives made from conventional corn, soybeans, and canola. However, you can avoid them by sticking with certified organic, certified non-GMO verified, and locally-grown foods that are produced naturally without biotechnology.

2) Processed meats

Most processed meat products, including lunch meats, bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, contain chemical preservatives that make them appear fresh and appealing, but that can also cause cancer. Both sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate have been linked to significantly increasing the risk of colon and other forms of cancer, so be sure to choose only uncured meat products made without nitrates, and preferably from grass-fed sources.

3) Microwave popcorn

They might be convenient, but those bags of microwave popcorn are lined with chemicals that are linked to causing not only infertility but also liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in microwave popcorn bag linings as “likely” carcinogenic, and several independent studies have linked the chemical to causing tumors. Similarly, the diacetyl chemical used in the popcorn itself is linked to causing both lung damage and cancer.

4) Soda pop

Like processed meats, soda pop has been shown to cause cancer as well. Loaded with sugar, food chemicals, and colorings, soda pop acidifies the body and literally feeds cancer cells. Common soda pop chemicals like caramel color and its derivative 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) have also specifically been linked to causing cancer.

5) ‘Diet’ foods, beverages

Even worse than conventional sugar-sweetened soda pop, though, is “diet” soda pop and various other diet beverages and foods. A recent scientific review issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of more than 20 separate research studies found that aspartame, one of the most common artificial sweeteners, causes a range of illnesses including birth defects and cancer. Sucralose (Splenda), saccharin and various other artificial sweeteners have also been linked to causing cancer.

6) Refined ‘white’ flours

Refined flour is a common ingredient in processed foods, but its excess carbohydrate content is a serious cause for concern. A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Mile Markers, and Prevention found that regular consumption of refined carbohydrates was linked to a 220 percent increase in breast cancer among women. High-glycemic foods in general have also been shown to rapidly raise blood sugar levels in the body, which directly feeds cancer cell growth and spread.

7) Refined sugars

The same goes for refined sugars, which tend to rapidly spike insulin levels and feed the growth of cancer cells. Fructose-rich sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are particularly offensive, as cancer cells have been shown to quickly and easily metabolize them in order to proliferate. And since cookies, cakes, pies, sodas, juices, sauces, cereals, and many other popular, mostly processed, food items are loaded with HFCS and other refined sugars, this helps explain why cancer rates are on the rise these days.

8) Conventional apples, grapes, and other ‘dirty’ fruits

Many people think they are eating healthy when they buy apples, grapes, or strawberries from the store. But unless these fruits are organic or verified to be pesticide-free, they could be a major cancer risk. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that up to 98 percent of all conventional produce, and particularly the type found on its “dirty” fruits list, is contaminated with cancer-causing pesticides.

9) Farmed salmon

Farmed salmon is another high-risk cancer food, according to Dr. David Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany. According to his assessment, farmed salmon not only lacks vitamin D, but it is often contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), flame retardants, pesticides, and antibiotics.

10) Hydrogenated oils

They are commonly used to preserve processed foods and keep them shelf-stable. But hydrogenated oils alter the structure and flexibility of cell membranes throughout the body, which can lead to a host of debilitating diseases such as cancer. Some manufacturers are phasing out the use of hydrogenated oils and replacing them with palm oil and other safer alternatives, but trans fats are still widely used in processed foods.

Source: Natural News


296 Comments on The 10 most cancer causing foods

    • It’s quality of the items you eat… You can get lunch meats without nitrates and that come from pastured animals, so you reap the health benefit. Continue to eat your fruits, just purchase organic vs. conventional, so you don’t digest all the toxic chemicals. And wheat… well, wheat causes major inflamation in the body and should be avoided. Maybe try sprouted grain pasta as it has less anti-nutrients?? Or make your own out of almond/coconut flour. I have also seen a ton of recipes that use thin slices of zucchini wrapped around meats/veggies and then baked. It makes a perfect “pasta” 🙂

    • i was just asking. if there’s evidence that links gmo food to cancer why don’t you share your knowledge? or name one food that contains cockroach/insect genes. but all i hear is .. crickets 🙂

      but yes, scientists do a lot of ‘crazy’ stuff for research. this just doesn’t mean we eat it or it is even intended to be food.

  1. You know what? I am not going to waste my time with a few trolls who have no business being on this page. If u don’t think there is anything wrong with eating food that uses genetics to actually splice pesticide with food or mix it with cockroach genes then be my guest. Bon appetite.

  2. Basically, life causes death! I think most of us are sick and tired of being told eggs are bad, eggs are good, eggs are bad. I have had estrogen positive breast cancer twice and have been told to stay away from soy as it is a strong plant estrogen. as I flip through magazines and other articles I find soy to be the greatest thing ever. Whatever! I eat what I want, in moderation, and know that someday I like all of us will die! If I die with ice cream smeared on my face I figure that’s a pretty good way to go!

  3. some real idiots posting on here today EG “give us prove that GMOS cause cancer,” How about in every test conducted on lab rats involving GMO, specially done by Monsantos and then covered up. Also, there is some tests done by independent research companies as well. If you havent already done the readily available online research maybe you shouldn’t follow this page? Maybe should just have Monsantos continue to spoon feed you their lies and wash it down with their yummy frankenfood.

  4. Everything does cause cancer. You can live right and die of cancer anyway (like my mother). But that doesn’t mean you waste your health on the junk. This world is imperfect and so is everyone in it. Just do the best you can, even if you do everything right, you still have to breath polluted air which causes cancer. So do the best you can and hope for the best.

    • This isnt for you beeswax, I already have you pegged as a lost cause. I feel sorry for your children. This is for other people on this page reading ====>http://gmojudycarman.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/The-Full-Paper.pdf

    • Here is the Conclusion of that one study.
      Pigs fed a GMO diet exhibited heavier uteri and a higher rate of severe stomach inflammation than pigs fed a comparable non-GMO diet. Given the widespread use of GMO feed for livestock as well as humans this is a cause for concern. The results indicate that it would be prudent for GM crops that are destined for human food and animal feed, including stacked GM crops, to undergo long-term animal feeding studies preferably before commercial planting, particularly for toxicological and reproductive effects. Humans have a similar gastrointestinal tract to pigs, and these GM crops are widely consumed by people, particularly in the USA, so it would be be prudent to determine if the findings of this study are applicable to humans.

    • You see Beeswax there is a reason why GMO companies are against simply labelling their products so we all can vote with our dollars. There is a reason why in Europe GMOs our banned. They banned it because it was possibly harmful. Here in North America we will need 100 years of studies to come to a conclusion. Unfortunately, over here in North America we are the labrats fro that study.

    • wasn’t for me, thanks nevertheless. unfortunately an anti-gmo activist is not an independent source.

      did you see the data in the study or just read the headline? seems GMO food is quite good for your heart and liver and lungs 🙂

      Heart abnormality:
      Non-GMO 11
      GMO 5
      Liver abnormality:
      Non-GMO 6
      GMO 3
      Lung Fibrous pleuritis or pericarditis:
      Non-GMO 9
      GMO 4
      Stomach Mild inflammation:
      Non-GMO 31
      GMO 23

      of course those companies a’re against labelling since many people are scared of GMO food (people are also scared of flying though it’s statistically safer than the car.). but you can just buy food that’s labeled as non-GMO, shouldn’t be a problem? europe has different regulations, but it doesn’t mean GMOs are evil.

    • I read the entire thing, and even posted the conclusion, for you once again:
      Pigs fed a GMO diet exhibited heavier uteri and a higher rate of severe stomach inflammation than pigs fed a comparable non-GMO diet. Given the widespread use of GMO feed for livestock as well as humans this is a cause for concern. The results indicate that it would be prudent for GM crops that are destined for human food and animal feed, including stacked GM crops, to undergo long-term animal feeding studies preferably before commercial planting, particularly for toxicological and reproductive effects. Humans have a similar gastrointestinal tract to pigs, and these GM crops are widely consumed by people, particularly in the USA, so it would be be prudent to determine if the findings of this study are applicable to humans.

    • if you’re not wondering why the gmo-fed pigs had better hearts and livers you really shouldn’t tell me i’m cherry picking. judy carman was surely biased, wanted to show GMO are somehow bad and reflects this in her conclusion. while i was suprised to see non-GMO wasn’t like totally healthy for those poor pigs. furthermore it’s been said that the stomach-color is not even an indicator for inflammation. http://www.marklynas.org/2013/06/gmo-pigs-study-more-junk-science

  5. No, the truth is almost everything DOES cause cancer because even organic fruits and veggies in this country have an “acceptable” level of pesticides — so literally EVERYTHING is designed to kill you.

  6. Food causes chemical reaction just as powerful as drugs… we need to stop thinking of the two as different. take some one’s coffee or favorite food or drink from them and watch how they behave.

  7. Walmart is getting more organic because that’s what people are wanting. Vote with your dollars and organic food will go way down in price. It’s happening a lot when i go shopping. Check out a gmo guide and its in 90 % of our food. Any of cheapest big name cereal has pesticides grown in the corn for bigger yields. But they will sue you if you tell the public it contains genetically modified organisms. It’s so good and safe for you they don’t want it labeled so you have a choice. If you test for the pesticide in your body to shows affects you will get sued by Monsanto because they patented the pesticide in corn and other foods. Please do your research.

  8. well if they were LABELED in the first place! I think we would have made better choices to avoid cancer breeding foods! I have lost three dear loved ones in ten months to cancer, prostate, breast, bile duct cancers. It’s been a cruel road for sure!

  9. alot of people will get sick & die just because they arent informed on what has happened to the food supply..if we had access to good home grown food without pesticides that our grandparents ate, we would not be so sick!!

  10. Very sad Kyle Ming, I’m sorry to hear that pain in your voice. I lost both parents in the past five years. I’ve no doubt my Moms condition was caused or exacerbated by this crisis. My Dad, I don’t really know. But I didn’t know all this at the time. It would kill me to know what to do for them but meet with such resistance. Good luck to you, don’t give up on her.

    • I’m sorry for your losses :/ I don’t live with my dad, but actually both of my parents are obese, and live on soda and fast food. My mom is borderline diabetic, has high blood pressure, chronic headaches, depression, and hormone imbalances. Yet she claims she must be healthy because “well I’ve survived so far”

  11. My own mother does it -_- makes me sad… “Everything kills you now days” and “I don’t wanna know I just wanna eat it” I can’t even get her to watch any videos or do any research. Some people just want to remain blissfully ignorant. That’s the problem.

    • So many people are like that saying “somethings got to kill you anyway” or words to that effect they have No idea they are doing it to themselves if they don’t do some research, they think the FDA wouldn’t allow our food to be poisoned they just have no idea. Try getting your mum to watch “Genetic Roulette” with you really easy to understand the problem that the U.S. is facing.

    • I know trust me :/ and she won’t, she literally gets upset and changes the subject anytime I bring it up. She just doesn’t want to do the research. She claims it’s more expensive – I prove it’s not. So then she says she doesn’t have time – I offer to cook for her. But no matter what she keeps making excuses. It honestly breaks my heart.

    • She knows that if she finds out the truth she won’t want to eat it. I know she does. The fact is she doesn’t want to change, she likes fast food and soda and it comes down to not wanting to give it up. Ignorance is bliss I guess.

    • Until…….. the knife falls to her heart… instead of her meat. That is… a fact for many don’t change unless they hit a rock bottom and can only go back up from there. That is if God spares her life to wake up after the surgery. I know an ex in-law who thought… I’d rather die eating what I wanted. She was a sweet dessert holic. Now, she’s the juiceman himself. Keep prayin’ and being the example and just loving her instead. That might be more of a blessing to her because she’ll know what you stand for.

    • I’m considering really sitting down and making an article with just a few clear, factual points about what this food does to people. In order to make a simple but strong case against eating them, if people won’t do research, maybe a few hard hitting facts planted in their mind will at least make them think twice.

  12. Welp. You can take artificial sweeteners off that list. Those cancer “facts” are actually myths.. and have been for quite some time.

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/artificial_sweetener_myths.htm
    http://www.cancerwa.asn.au/resources/cancermyths/artificial-sweeteners-myth/
    http://www.examiner.com/article/debunking-some-myths-about-artificial-sweeteners

    Please do your research properly if you are indeed doing this to teach people to be healthy and smart about their life and not just believe everything they read off a facebook post…

  13. Monsanto has bought and infiltrated our U.S. Government. They’re all about the money not the peoples health. Like the Big Pharma Corporations, they only care about growing their wallets. NO TO GMO!

  14. alimentos cancerigenos: carne procesada (embutidos, tocino, jamones,etc.), popcorn para microondas, gaseosas, harinas refinadas, azucar refinada, aceites hidrogenados, salmon de criadero)

  15. If you live in America, unless you eat 100% organic, and even then, you are likely to get cancer. A cancer patient is worth minimum $ 500 000 per cancer “round”. Do you not think your leaders, who are in bed with the pharmaceutical giants, do not consider that? Wake up.

  16. Yes, at first, you want to cry at the supermarket, even at Whole Foods. But don’t worry, there are things you can buy and you can still use your cooking books. Just buy Whole Food, non GMO real, fresh food. You’ll be glad!

  17. If that’s all you eat, then you’re missing out on a whole world of healthy REAL foods. Shop at your local Farmers Markets for starters & rinse your fruits & veggies in vinegar & water. Always read the ingredients, don’t you WANT to know what you put into your body? I sure do, as an adult it is MY responsability to keep MYself healthy. I rarely ever use the microwave & don’t EVER eat or drink something that says diet, it’s far worse than regular soda. REAL TALK…

  18. You have to eat like Les Stroud (survivorman). I have found delicious crickets, ants, road kill, butterflies, leaves, grass, grasshoppers, spiders, etc. around my home. I have many great recipes. Seriously though the chemicals in food these days is no joke. Got to the health food market.

  19. The easier “food” is to obtain & consume the worse it is for you. As humans we are supposed to work for our food. Work the land, hunt, prepare it ourselves. Unfortunately our entire society system is set up to go against this fundamental concept. But small changes do & will continue to help. Grow what you can, shop local what you can’t. Try to eliminate meat & dairy all together. Its not really needed for optimal health. And as far as costs go there’s A LOT ppl can give up but choose not to. Plus you will pay either now on food & lifestyle or later in medical recovery…

  20. Try a raw diet, it’s pretty easy since you don’t have to cook! Fruit and veg, nuts, dried fruit, olives, and honey,unsweetened apple juice, nut milk and super foods .I feel very lucky that we have a fruit market here It is a lot cheaper than the supermarket and ripe fruit too.It would be best to go organic but at this point it is just too expensive.x

  21. I tell you what would be nice is if I click on your link for there not to be an annoying advertisement that moves to wherever my thumb is. Seriously get your advertisement under control!!!

  22. That’s a joke. The first item on the list “GMO’s” is completely free of carcinogens, and proven by endless long term evidence to be harmless for human consumption. Keep up the scare tactics folks, and lets not worry about all the starving children. They’re not your problem.

    • Rick I am actually the Direct of an Agroforestry company and dedicate my life to improving this world through science and technological advances. I have teams of agronomists, and scientists who work for me, and base my statements on factual scientific evidence. There is no point in debating GMO’s with sheep who base their claims on false propaganda. If you would like me to explain to you the science behind GMO products I would be more than happy to do so.

    • I personally will continue to eat my non genetically modified food the way it was intended to be eaten. Anyone who believes that altering the genetic make-up of foods doesn’t pose any threat to those consuming it is a sheep to someone somewhere. Anyone can prove anything given the right amount of money and the right circumstances.

  23. Donna, you wonder why? Because the BigPharma and BigAg are HUGE!! They have so much power and control they can get away with it. Healthy people don’t help BigPharma’s bottom line. Buying non-conventional food (eg Organic or GMO-free) don’t help BigAg’s bottom line. If you think the EPA, the FDA, and even the AMA have the population’s best interest at heart you’re not doing enough research.

  24. If you pull the garbage out of the cart you find those extra savings easily cover the added cost to eating all organic fruit, veggies, and meat. I actually SAVE money eating extremely healthy. I really don’t understand the mentality of this one is cheaper, even though it’s poison I’ll eat it to save a few bucks. I’ve got a moral and loving obligation to my children to BE better than that!! SO DO YOU!

  25. Our parents and grandparents did NOT eat what we eat. They grew their own food and Monsanto did not control the seed and pesticide market. This is all fact. My family farms. We are raising grass fed beef and bio fertilized peanuts. Give your children a chance. You make the choices for them. I for one did not eat anything microwaved. We never had one.

  26. Jenny, simple vinegar wash removes pesticides from fruit and veggies. When it comes to not being to afford organic produce, it’s just a matter of priorities. Being sick is way more expensive at the end.

  27. Our parents and grand parents didn’t live in a time where the planet was as over populated as it is now. Our resources are running out so companies are trying to find ways to make more, make it last longer and make it cheaper. I buy organic, grow some of my own veggies and limit the crap. I will be accountable for what happens to my body.

  28. I think being aware is important but it is also important to not let things like this run your life .. I mean after all our parents and grandparents ate the food we eat and so do our friends and neighbors .. not everyone is going to get sick or die . just be aware and try to make the healthiest decision you can xo

  29. If 80% of the food you buy in the grocery store contain some for of GMO, how is it hyperbole or rhetoric to say everything causes cancer… “to excuse their own dietary and lifestyle failures” that is a TAD bit insulting don’t you think?

  30. So I cut out the white flour, oils, no more corn syrup, do not drink sweet drinks anyway, goodbuy sparkling wine now, did not know about microwave popcorn being bad as well, do not eat red meat, have cut out farmed salmon, but you cannot control what our supermarket imports from the US., so no more red, yellow and orange sweet peppers. Not sure about zucchinis… what do we end up having for meals, apart form lentils, glutten free pasta, sweet potatoe, lettuce and a handful of other things??

  31. I’m with you here, except for Palm Oil being safe. Again that’s an Omega 6 oil that releases oxidative stress and needs to be avoided. Coconut Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil are the two universal recommended oils.

  32. I will no longer buy grapes and strawberries from the store and will always peel apples from now on. I have been washing veggies, and even better, to soak in white vinegar to get pesticides off. I have always peeled carrots,and cucumbers and oranges…even notice after peeling and eating I get a headache, this is def from the pesticides. If only I had a green thumb and acreage, I would just grow my own and live off the land, as our ancestors did.

  33. tamara – please educate yourself more thoroughly. nothing on that “bad 10” list is healthy for anyone. when your body reaches it threshold for toxins u will begin the disease process. i think MOST people today have varying degrees of “unhealth” so it would be wise to heed this list……….among others, as it is not comprehensive. just because something doesn’t zap u today does not mean it’s not “doing it’s dirty work” undetected, UNTIL.

  34. …. if smocking and drinking alcohol and taking drugs doesn’t stop Us… even when we understand the consequences of it…… how is that comply with food… most of Us don’t eat anyways…. as long as we have cigars, alcohol and drugs…. Hugs…..

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