It’s often difficult to convince people that their diet and lifestyle can increase or decrease their risk of getting a certain disease or not. If you are a sceptic, then you should definitely know that even modern science (which is usually hundreds or even thousands of years behind!) is acknowledging the clear link between what we eat and sickness or health.

The Greek physician Hippocrates (460BC – 370BC) who is known as the ‘Father of Medicine’ said over 2000 years ago, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” This statement is as true today as it was then. But unlike 2000 years ago, our modern way of living is laced with disease-causing foods and products, while our water and air could be contaminated with toxic chemicals.

So, it’s not surprising that cancer is the second leading cause of death. Developed countries have some of the highest rates of cancer, and according to the American Cancer Society, there were 1,735,350 new cases of cancer in the United States in 2018. Based on previous trends in the country, it’s predicted that cancer related deaths will be about 6,09,640. [1]

When you think about it, this is a huge number of people who will lose their lives to a preventable and treatable disease. Yes, cancer is both preventable and treatable, although your doctor will not tell you this, nor will mainstream media. Why not? Simple reason; money!

Cancer care is a huge business, and it’s worth roughly $200 billion a year in the U.S. alone. Conventional doctors and pharmaceutical companies all depend on sick patients to earn money. If every cancer patient stopped taking cancer medications and refused toxic treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, not only would their health improve, but these medical mafias would be out of business!

A hundred years ago, 1 in 20 people developed cancer. In 2018, 1 in 3 people in developed countries have cancer. In other words, it’s highly likely that you have a family member or friend who has one type of cancer or another. Or if you are fortunate not to have a loved one diagnosed with cancer, you probably know a colleague, neighbor or associate that has this disease.

So, what has changed in 100 years that more people are being diagnosed with this disease? Many factors actually contribute to modern diseases like cancer, but in this post, we will look at the most important one; food. Here are top cancer-causing foods you should stay away from:

One: Refined sugar

You might have heard that sugar and cancer are best friends, but this is no exaggeration. Cancer cells love sugar, especially refined ones. Found in almost all processed foods, refined sugar not only contributes to diabetes, but it also feeds cancer cells.

The trouble with sugar is that it has many dirty secrets. So, even if you do your best to stay away from foods or beverages that clearly contain sugar, whatever you buy can easily contain added sugar that has different names to the obvious ‘sugar’ on the label. In fact, there are 83 names for added sugar and they are all hidden in every day foods you buy, even your bread!
Here are some examples:

• Agave nectar
• Cane juice
• Clintose
• Corn glucose syrup
• Drimol
• Dri-sweet
• Dextrose
• Flo-malt
• Fructose
• High fructose corn syrup
• Golden syrup

All these are harmful to your health and can be found in soft beverages and processed food. One of these devastating added sugars is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is responsible for so many modern health conditions. For instance, and because fructose is easily converted to fat, it’s linked to obesity.

Long term consumption also leads to health issues such as type II diabetes and fatty liver disease. In addition, many studies have found the link between cancer and HFCS as the high insulin levels triggered by sugar feed tumor growth. [2]

Two: White flour

If like me, you enjoy bread or other baked goods now and then, switching to a healthier alternative is super important. Refined flour, just like refined sugar, is white poison that many of us consider food. In addition to not having any nutritional value, and to make it ‘pleasing’ to the eye, white flour is bleached with any of the following; [3]

• Chlorine gas
• Chlorine dioxide
• Calcium and benzoyl peroxides
• Nitrogen dioxide

White flour has high Glycemic Index (GI), which measures carbohydrates in foods according to how fast blood sugar levels are raised after eating. A study by the University of Texas found that white bread, can increase the risk of developing lung cancer by 49%. [4]

In other words, eating foods made with white flour are best avoided. These include the following:

• Bread
• Pasta
• Pastries
• Crackers
• Pizza

If you don’t want to give any of these up, consider whole grain or whole wheat flour for your cooking needs.  They support a healthy digestion, are high in fiber and nutrients and even lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes obesity and stroke. In other words, it’s everything white flour isn’t!

Three: Carbonated drinks and soda

Take it from me when I say carbonated drinks and sodas are poison! A recent study from the University of Melbourne and Cancer Council Victoria, found that consuming sugary soft drinks increased cancer risks. [5]

The study showed that whatever your body size, regularly drinking these types of drinks puts you more at risk for getting not only cancer, but heart disease and type 2 diabetes in addition to tooth decay. [6]

Although the study found that diet sodas did not increase the risks of cancer, it’s important to remember that diet beverages contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame. In the U.S. alone, there are over 6,000 products that contain aspartame including 500 over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

Since aspartame is found in countless foods and drinks, you have probably consumed or still consume aspartame without knowing it. Here are some items that contain this artificial sweetener:

• Jams
• Yogurt
• Jellies
• Iced-tea
• ‘sugar free’ ice creams
• Baby foods
• Children’s multivitamins
• ‘Sugar’ free pastries and desserts
• Kool aid products
• ‘Sugar free’ hot chocolates
• Chewing gum
• ‘Sugar free’ cereals
• Toothpaste

So, what’s wrong with aspartame?

For one, aspartame is about 200 times sweeter than sugar! I have written about the health risks associated with aspartame, but to summarize, it’s associated with increased risk of cancer. A study conducted in 2017 also found that aspartame increased the risk of heart disease. [7]

Four: Vegetable oils

Many of us cook with vegetable oils because we are sold the idea that they are ‘healthy.’ After all, vegetables are good for us, right? Right and wrong! Vegetables are good for us, but vegetable oils, not so. In fact, if you currently cook with any of the following oils, you should seriously consider healthy alternatives for your cooking needs.

• Sunflower oil
• Canola oil 
• Soybean oil
• Safflower oil
• Corn oil
• Cottonseed oil
• Margarine

Although vegetable oils are sold as ‘healthy’ oils, they are anything but healthy. In fact, only their manufacturing process is enough to show you how unfit they are for human consumption. The oils go through a toxic process that includes pressing and heating chemicals before being bleached and deodorized to mask the chemical-like smell.

In addition to this, soybean, canola, corn and cottonseed oils are genetically engineered. What this means is that scientists use transgenic or genetic engineering to either add or remove genes from the DNA of other organisms. This can be from animal, virus or bacterial genes, or a combination of them.

The DNA is then added into the plant’s genome, which will give it a different or new characteristics. The reason for this is to influence how the plant grows or its resistance to toxic herbicides like Roundup; a toxic herbicide that has cancer-causing ingredients like glyphosate and is banned in countries like Sri Lanka, El Salvador, France, Bermuda and most of the Middle East.

Five: Canned foods

We all love convenience and don’t always have the time to cook, but when it comes to food, convenience often comes at a cost; our health. Although fresh fruits and vegetables are better than canned ones, the issue here is not about the content but the packaging.

These metal cans have plastic linings that are made from toxic materials like Bisphenol (BPA). This chemical has been linked to many health issues including heart disease, endocrine disruption and infertility. One study confirmed this shocking truth and concluded the following: [8]

BPA studies on experimental animals show that effects are generally more detrimental during in utero exposure, a critical developmental stage for the embryo. BPA has been found to produce several defects in the embryo, such as feminization of male fetuses, atrophy of the testes and epididymides, increased prostate size, shortening of AGD, disruption of BTB, and alteration of adult sperm parameters (e.g., sperm count, motility, and density). BPA also affects embryo thyroid development.

Another study on BPA conducted only a few months ago linked this toxic chemical to inflammatory bowel disease. [9] Other health conditions linked to BPA include changing brain cells in rats, diabetes and obesity.
However, one of the most alarming studies done on BPA shows how exposure to this toxic chemical actually spans generations. One study found how this can be passed down to your offspring and change development and behavior including harming the neuroendocrine cells that run through the whole body. [10]

Aluminum in cans

In addition to the devastating effects of BPA in canned foods, we should also remember that aluminum can leach into the food. Let’s look at one example. During the manufacturing process, canned soups have to be cooked in their cans. Depending on the company, this can be anywhere between half an hour to a few hours.

When this happens, you can imagine how the linings of the can (BPA) and aluminum can easily leak into the content, which consumers will eat without ever suspecting the health risks. Toxic soup, anyone?!

Final note

There are many ways modern life contributes to disease. One way we are exposed to toxins is through the food we consume. However, it’s important to know that the food we eat is only one piece of the pie. In other words, eliminating these foods from your diet will reduce your exposure to disease-causing foods, including cancer.

But we should also recognize that our quest for healthy living needs to also include reducing or removing environmental toxins, especially from the home.

As well as toxic skin care products that we regularly use. By incorporating these different factors, you arm yourself with the best weapon not only to prevent disease, but also fight it!

Did you know these foods increase the risk of cancer?

Author's Bio: 

Ikram is passionate about health, wellness, and non-toxic living. She loves sharing tips on how to lead a healthier life using natural solutions. The undeniable link between lifestyle choices and chronic disease are of great interest to her. She writes about these topics on her blog: