Millions of people unknowingly consume harmful foods every day. What’s worse is that many of us have some potentially cancer causing foods as staples of our diet.
We all know that some foods are better for us than others, but are there any bad enough to avoid completely? Research and recently completed long-term studies have brought to light some alarming results.
In addition to causing many problems like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes… certain foods have even been linked to cancer. So let’s take a look at some of the “worst offenders” and see what we really shouldn’t be putting in our bodies.
Firstly, an important Clarification about banana and cancer :
Are you one of those people who prefer to let their bananas ripen with dark spots before you eat them? Perhaps you’ve been told that the riper the banana, the less its nutritive benefit? Well, now you’ve got a rebuttal for the naysayers. The fact is the riper the banana, the better the anti-cancer quality! Japanese researchers have proven that ripe bananas fight cancer.
The dark spots on ripe yellow bananas produce a substance called Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) that destroys cancerous tumors. As your banana ripens, its antioxidant levels rise, strengthening your immune system and increasing your white blood cells! In fact, ripe bananas are eight times as effective as their younger green siblings when it comes to elevating the cancer-fighting potential of white blood cells.
15. Soda Pop
Sodas are a sugar loaded, empty source of calories that can be very detrimental to your health.
In addition to being linked with weight gain, inflammation, and insulin resistance, this sweet caffeinated beverage can lead to gastro-esophageal reflux disease.
This condition causes the stomach acid to leak back into the esophagus resulting in pain and burning (ouch!).
The American Journal of Nutrition also found in a recent study that soda drinkers actually have a higher risk of stroke than non-soda consumers.
In addition to this, soda pop contains a whole host of artificial colorings and chemicals (which are too numerous to list here). So it’s no surprise that drinking soda can lead to a higher risk of cancer.
14. Processed Meats
Processed meats, including hot dogs, sausages, bacon, and most lunch meats, can be damaging to your health.
These meats contain chemicals and excessive amounts of salt that are used in the manufacturing process. A recent study by researchers was published in the journal of BMC Medicine.
In this study, people who ate more than 160 grams of processed meat increased their risk of death by as much as 44 percent over the course of 12 years. The study itself was conducted over 13 years and across 10 countries.
The chemicals and preservatives (including sodium nitrates) in processed meats are used to improve their appearance on store shelves. However, these same chemicals are commonly known carcinogens.