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7.  French Fries—Not only do French fries typically contain trans fats that have been linked to a long list of diseases, they contain one of the most potent carcinogenic substances in food—acrylamide.  Acrylamide is formed when white potatoes are heated at high temperatures.   Additionally, most of the oils used for frying turn rancid in the presence of oxygen or at high temperatures, resulting in foods that cause inflammation in the body.  And, researchers are discovering that inflammation is a factor in many serious health conditions, including:  heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.

6.  Potato Chips—Potato chips offer all the health benefits (none) of French fries, but according to Health Canada, potato chips typically contain the highest levels of acrylamide, which is a carcinogen.

5.  Bacon—Yes, bacon!  Sorry bacon lovers.  According to research in the journal, Circulation, daily consumption of processed meats like bacon can increase the risk of heart disease by 42 percent and diabetes by 19 percent.  A study at the University of Columbia found that eating bacon 14 times a month was linked to damaged lung function and an increased risk of lung disease.

4.  Hot Dogs—A study at the University of Hawaii found that consumption of hot dogs and other processed meats increased risk of pancreatic cancer by 67 percent.  One of the ingredients found in both bacon and hot dogs is sodium nitrite.  This carcinogen has been linked to leukemia in children and brain tumors in infants.   Other studies show that sodium nitrate also promotes colorectal cancer.

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5:59AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

it is the same old thing : if you can find natural bacon from a source where the pigs are fed on natural food stuffs ( non GMO ) then it is just fine to eat it, even healthy ( remember our body needs fat ! ) - if you have to buy it at a store, yes, better to forget about it !

12:41PM PST on Feb 4, 2014

Who came up with this list?

2:18AM PST on Jan 30, 2014

A number of these things on the list, I don't eat anyway. There is nothing with a good homemade pizza. Well made ice cream is fine in moderation. Certainly diet soda is a toxic brew. I wonder if Monsanto sprays it on its GMO veggies, another pretend food.

Teresa W, how can you say that all healthy food tastes disgusting? There is a lot of wonderful tasting healthy foods out there.

4:39AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

This confirms once again that all tasty foods are harmful to health (though not all harmful foods are tasty; bacon and hotdogs are disgusting), while all healthy ones taste awful.

4:24AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

Ants are the very best! As an anteater, I can confirm this.

1:56PM PST on Jan 28, 2014

What horrifying crap so many people like to ingest! Hot dogs! They make me shudder with disgust.

8:06AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Thank you

12:32AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Thanks for sharing

12:32AM PST on Jan 28, 2014

Thanks for sharing

8:10PM PST on Jan 26, 2014

THE most dangerous "food" is actually unfermented soy.

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