Top 10 Foods That Increase Cancer Risk

Nearly 1.5 million new cases of cancer were expected to be diagnosed last year–while 559,650 people were expected to die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. That’s more than 1,500 people a day–such a startling statistic. In the book Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic (New Society Publishers, 2007) the authors write that the Number 4 solution is to “Eat a Healthy Diet.” Listed within are the 10 Foods and Drinks to Limit or Eliminate:

1. All charred food, which create heterocyclic aromatic amines, known carcinogens. Even dark toast is suspect.

2. Well-done red meat. Medium or rare is better, little or no red meat is best.

3. Sugar, both white and brown–which is simply white sugar with molasses added. (See Care2′s Directory of Natural Sweeteners for great, healthy alternatives.)

4. Heavily salted, smoked and pickled foods, which lead to higher rates of stomach cancer.

5. Sodas/soft drinks, which pose health risks, both for what they contain–sugar and various additives–and for what they replace in the diet–beverages and foods that provide vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

6. French fries, chips and snack foods that contain trans fats.

7. Food and drink additives such as aspartame.

8. Excess alcohol.

9. Baked goods, for the acrylamide.

10. Farmed fish, which contains higher levels of toxins such as PCBs.

Now that you know what not to eat, see the Top 10 Foods and Drinks for Cancer Prevention.

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W. C12 days ago

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William C12 days ago

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Jeanne R9 months ago

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Roberto Meritoni2 years ago

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Erin H2 years ago

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Elisa F2 years ago

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Peggy A2 years ago

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Diane Wayne
Diane Wayne2 years ago

I BELIEVE EVERY ONE OF THE FOODS WE RECEIVE FROM ANYWHERE SHOULD BE NATURAL AND HEALTHFUL AND AFFORDABLE. AND THERE SHOULD BE LAWS AGAINST POLLUTING OUR FOOD AND WATER SOURCES. AMERICA IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT USES 80,000 TOXIC CHEMICALS IN IT'S FOOD PRODUCTIONS, GROWTH, AND IT'S PRODUCTS.

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Jeramie D2 years ago

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