Lung cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer and stomach cancer are the leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Economic development, smoking, obesity, reduced physical activity, unhealthy eating habits and environmental changes are some of the global cancer risk factors.
By 2012, there were 14.1 million cases of cancer, according to International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and, experts are concerned of the global burden; projecting an increase of 21.7 million by 2030.
In this category, the first food is genetically modified foods popularly known as GMO; altered from its genetic material and mainly found in packaged foods. The speedily growing industry of genetically modified crops are infiltrating food supply at an alarming rate.
Specialists agree that acceptable testing was not done before such foods were added to the ingredient listing of different products.
Examples are fried foods, cookies, chocolates, cereals, bread, pasta, hamburgers, mayonnaise, chips and crackers.
Another one is microwave Popcorn. From the chemically-lined bag to the actual contents, microwave popcorn is at the center of lung cancer debates around the world. The fumes released from artificial butter flavoring contain diacetyl, a toxic substance. Alternatively, a person can prepare their own, which is safer and healthier.
Canned foods also contribute to the lifestyle disease. Most cans are lined with an organic compound named bisphenol-A (BPA), which has been shown to genetically alter the brain cells of rats. Many plastic goods, thermal paper, water lines, and dental composites also contain BPA. For better choice, go for fresh or frozen vegetables, no ingredients are added.
This is common among Kenyans. Grilled red meat (nyama choma). Being delicious, scientists have discovered that preparing meats in this way – especially processed meats like hot dogs – releases a carcinogen called heterocyclic aromatic amines. Such chemicals are formed when meats cooked under high temperature
Researchers concluded that having such dangerous chemicals alters the DNA, increasing risks associated with cancer. Baking, boiling or moderate grilling doesn’t pose any harm.
Sugar and cancer are synonymous at some point. The biggest cancer causing food is refined sugar; high-fructose corn syrup and other refined sweeties. Such sugar is refined with addition of flavour and colour and are the sources of insulin spikes. This may ultimately provide safe haven for cancer cells growth.
Smoked foods with salts. It is important to note that such kind of foods contain preservatives like nitrates so that their lifespan in the shelves are extended. Accumulated toxins in the processed foods will likely destroy cellular cells leading to cancer. Interestingly, nitrates; when food is smoked under high temperature, changes into disastrous nitrites.
Beverages like sodas and other fizzy drinks have been at the epicenter of the health discussion as chief cancer triggering food. The point of argument of disregarding the carbonated drinks is the absence of nutrients and presence of chemicals that are harmful to the body.
Refined white flour. When flour is refined, its nutritional value is detached. Then it’s washed-out with chlorine gas, alluring more to buyers. The glycemic index for white flour is very high – meaning it prickles your insulin levels without providing nutritional fuel. Simple sugars are the preferred fuel source for cancer.
Fish preserved with chemicals at the farms. Commercial fish farming includes raising an incredible number of fish in a crowded environment. Today most of them consumed come from fish farms across the country. Such fish is treated with pesticides, antibiotics and other chemicals, adding to the danger of cancer.
Hydrogenated vegetable oil are removed from their sources using chemicals and later treated. Throughout the process, more chemicals are added to modify its taste and smell. Additionally, they are filled with omega-6 fats that is not healthy.
Bottom line: consuming natural foods is the best solution at the time when most food sources are not chemical-free. Instead of buying food ingredients with unknown substances, cook yours at the comfort of the home. To live a healthy life, consider consuming foods with controlled amount of sugar, salt and fats.