Cancer is a group of diseases which can cause abnormal cell growth. There are more than 110 types of cancer-related diseases, including bladder cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, kidney cancer and lung cancer. Symptoms may vary depending on the exact type of cancer. Cancerous diseases usually have a high potential to spread to other parts of the body. Cancer-related diseases are the second leading cause of preventable death in the world. 8.8 million people passed away due to cancer in 2015. While low- and middle-income countries have higher rates of cancer cases, the population of developed countries is also drastically affected by cancer.1 Based on the latest cancer registration statistics2, which was conducted by the Office for National Statistics in 2016, there were 303,135 cancers cases registered in the United Kingdom. How is your diet related to the cancer risk that you need to face? Does consuming certain types of foods have the potential to increase your cancer risk? Our article focuses on carcinogenic foods that you should avoid eating.
A scientific approach to cancer-causing foods
Carcinogenic Foods That You Should Avoid Eating
Nutrition plays a crucial role in the maintenance of health. Consuming nutrient-dense dishes which provide your body with high-quality macronutrients, vitamins and minerals can contribute to your overall physical and mental well-being. The relation between certain types of foods and cancer risk is in the in the crosshairs of health organizations, scientific research centers and and dietetic experts. According to the findings of a recent study, which was conducted by the Sorbonne Paris Cité Epidemiology and Statistics Research Center (CRESS), processed foods are likely to raise the risk of developing breast cancer.
“In this large prospective study, a 10% increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet was associated with a significant increase of greater than 10% in risks of overall and breast cancer.”3
Another scientific study, which was conducted by IFTM University, pointed out the correlation between saturated fat, alcohol overconsumption and certain types of cancer.
“Strong correlations are established between the high intake of saturated fat and the incidence of different types of cancer. It is found that chronic alcohol consumption is associated with increased risk of cancers of oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, and larynx.”4
According to the finding of study, which was conducted by the Hallelujah Acres Foundation, “30–40 percent of all cancers can be prevented by lifestyle and dietary measures alone”.5 Based on the finding of their research, the below-mentioned dietary aspects can significantly increase cancer risk.
- concentrated sugars,
- refined flour products,
- low fiber intake,
- consumption of red meat,
- and imbalance of omega 3 and omega 6 fats.
Diet and cancer prevention
Paying attention to your lifestyle and dietary habits can reduce your cancer risk by 40%.5 Following a well-constructed diet is not only an efficient way to drastically lower your risk of developing a serious medical condition, but it can also contribute to living a more fulfilling life. The above-cited study, determined macronutrients, and micronutrients that can function as useful weapons in your anticancer arsenal.
“Fibers, the major dietary components, have long been recognized for the unique properties in the treatment of cancer, which are related to its antineoplastic functions. Antioxidant rich diet has been added to the list of cancer-preventing dietary components. Also, recently published research has shown that natural carotenoids in the diet leads to a normalization of body epithelial cells and protects against the risk of stomach and esophagus cancer, and improves the immune system’s response. Again, fruit juices, processed vegetable juices, orange peel, green tea, vitamins, flavonoids, and trace materials have cancer inhibitory properties.”4
Based on a well-constructed scientific research5 anticariogenic foods in a cancer prevention diet include:
- folic acid,
- vitamin B-12,
- vitamin D,
- antioxidants (for example carotenoids like α-carotene, β-carotene, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin)
- ascorbic acid
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