Cancer, a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body, is not an invention of modern times; it has existed for all of human history. The earliest written medical record, the Edwin Smith Papyrus from circa 1600 BC, presents a rational approach to medicine in ancient Egypt and describes cancer of the breast.
Today, cancer is the subject of widespread fears and taboos. World Health Organization (WHO) says that in 2012 about 14.1 million new cases of cancer occurred globally (not including skin cancer other than melanoma); and “after a long illness” about 8.2 million people died (14.6% of all human deaths!)
There are thousands of scientific studies on the subject with alarming facts. No wonder that we are getting more concerned about cancer-causing factors, especially in the food we eat. Let’s take a closer look at our daily menu that could be causing such a huge number of new cancer patients. Here is a list of the top foods that you most likely consume every day, which may contain carcinogens or be suspected of causing cancer.
6 Cancer Causing Foods
In fact, almost all canned foods are filled with a substance that you cannot find in the ingredient list bisphenol-A (BPA). It comes from the plastic lining of food cans, some food and drink packaging including water bottles. Many studies have linked BPA to infertility, type 2 diabetes, obesity, asthma, endocrine disruption in fetuses and children, sexual and reproductive development problems, and hormonal effects that increased risk for breast and prostate cancers. Human exposure to BPA is of exceedingly great size.
If you are a popcorn lover you have to know that those convenient microwave popcorn bags are lined with PFOA – perfluorooctanoic acid, a man-made chemical that is used in the process of making non-stick cookware and lots of other commercial applications. PFOA is a carcinogen: numerous studies show that exposure to PFOA significantly increases the risk of kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas and testicular cancers. Don’t think that it is a rare substance that will not harm you. You would be surprised knowing that it has been detected in the blood of more than 98% of the US population. But PFOA is only one side of the “microwaved popcorn” problem. There is another one. As the name says, it is made out of corn that is now almost completely genetically modified. And one more GMO product is present there – soybean oil. Popcorn is also stuffed with various preservatives including propyl gallate that can cause stomach and skin irritability, allergic reactions, kidney and liver problems and even cancer.
Meat which has been modified in order either to improve its taste or extend its shelf life by salting, curing, fermentation, smoking or other methods is called processed meat. The list of processed meats is long and includes bacon, ham, hotdogs, sausages, salami, corned beef, beef jerky, canned meat and meat-based sauces. All of those meats are treated with nitrates. Nitrates are converted to nitrites in the stomach, and nitrites contribute to the formation of cancer-causing N-nitroso compounds. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) at the World Health Organization classifies processed meat as a Group 1, carcinogenic to humans, since it has found sufficient evidence that consumption of processed meat by humans causes colorectal cancer.
Curing and smoking have been used for thousands of years to preserve foods like meat and fish. Smoking exposes meat or fish to the smoke of a wood or charcoal fire. The foods absorb large amounts of the tar that comes off the smoke. These tars contain cancer-causing compounds.
Tuna accounts for 45% of mercury in the US seafood supply. An independent testing by the Mercury Policy Project found that the average mercury concentration in canned tuna, especially canned albacore tuna, is far over the “safe limits”. Canned albacore tuna (also often called canned white tuna) it is not the same as canned light tuna. Canned light tuna contains other species of tuna such as skipjack, yellowfin, and tongol, which are relatively low in mercury.
Do you know that over 60% of the salmon consumed in the USA is farm raised? Farmed salmon is fed unnatural artificial diets and is contaminated with environmental pollutants, harmful metabolic by-products, antibiotics, pesticides, cancer causing dioxins, agrichemical residues of GMO corn- and soy-based feed, and other harmful substances. Moreover, special chemicals are added to the “menu” to make salmon meat that reddish pink colour that should occur naturally but doesn’t because of the diet of chicken litter that they are fed. If you love salmon, look for the wild one.