Cancer cells grow in the body for many different reasons, and an unhealthy diet is one of the most important factors that promote their growth.
There is mounting evidence that our eating habits can increase or decrease the risk of cancer, so to keep the specter of cancer at bay, here are 5 foods to avoid, as reported by The Times of India:
Meat, poultry, fish and eggs are all healthy foods provided they are cooked properly and consumed in moderation. Eating any animal products that have been preserved by smoking and salting is unhealthy and can lead to health concerns ranging from weight gain to cancer.
Processing meat produces a compound that can form carcinogens and can put a person at risk for colorectal and stomach cancer. It is recommended to cook meat at home, rather than buying processed meat such as sausages, salami and sausage.
Excessive intake of fried foods is another ingredient that can lead to the growth of cancer cells in the body. When foods such as potatoes or meat are fried at high temperatures, a compound called acrylamide is formed. Studies show that this compound has carcinogenic properties and even damages DNA.
Besides, fried foods can also increase oxidative stress and inflammation associated with the growth of cancerous cells. So, instead of frying foods, find other healthy cooking methods.
Whether it’s refined flour, sugar or oil, all of these foods have the potential to put you at risk of developing cancer cells. Studies show that sugar and highly processed carbohydrates can increase the risk of oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, which may give way to various types of cancer.
Those whose diet is high in refined products have a higher risk of developing ovarian, breast and endometrial cancers. Try to reduce your intake of refined products by making healthy swaps. Instead of sugar, use honey, replace refined carbohydrates with whole grains, and switch from refined oil to mustard oil and clarified butter.
Canned and packaged foods
Canned and packaged foods provide a quick cooking option for many, but at the same time, they may increase the risk of cancer. Most ready-to-cook food packaging is lined with a chemical called bisphenol A (BPA). When dissolved in food, this compound can cause hormonal imbalances, alteration in the body’s DNA, and the growth of cancerous cells.