5. Anything Labeled “Diet”
Diet foods do more harm the good in the human body. Whether it is a “diet” beverage or a box meal with a “low fat” label, there is nothing real about these foods; they are chemically enhanced with additives and processed with refined flours and sugars. Aspartame is the most common artificial sweetener in diet foods. According to the European food safety authority, aspartame is therefore responsible for causing a wide range of illnesses including cancer, birth defects, and heart problems. Skip the “diet” frankenfoods and go organic instead.
You might want to think twice about heading to Dunkin’ Donuts for a box of Munchkins. The high temperature (greater than 248 degrees Fahrenheit) used to make donuts causes the formation of acrylamide, a carcinogenic chemical that is also found in cigarettes, dyes, and plastics. “I estimate that acrylamide causes several thousand cancers per year in the united states of America,” said Clark University professor Dale Hattis. Sadly, potato chips and French fries are also heated to a temperature above 248 degrees Fahrenheit, making them a major cancer concern.
The linings of many canned foods contain bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to various forms of cancer, heart disease, and intestinal damage. Canned tomatoes, however, are particularly dangerous as their high acidity causes the BPA to leech from the lining of the can into the tomatoes. The FDA approved bisphenol A in the 1960s. While the compound has been linked to cancer and other serious health issues, studies have been inconclusive. Nevertheless, a report published in 2013 by the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences says that BPA alters the way genes work inside the brains of rats. we are therefore adviced to abstain from consuming or making use of canned tomatoes..
The World Health Organization (WHO) now classifies processed meat in the same category as smoking and asbestos. Is nothing sacred? The sound you hear is the collective sigh of men lamenting the fact that they should give up foot-long subs and meat lover’s pizzas. Fat chance. In October, the World Health Organisation said that eating processed meat such as sausages and ham causes cancer. The evidence is based on hundreds of studies and links processed meat specifically to colon and colorectal cancer. The World Health Organisation’s report claims that eating as little as 50 grams of processed meat a day (roughly two slices of ham) can increase the risk of cancer by 18 %.
1. Microwave Popcorn
A large number of Americans eat nearly 54 quarts of popcorn a year. Although typically believed to be a “healthy” snack, or at least relatively healthy, once it is showered in salt and drenched in butter all nutritional value is out the window. But does eating popcorn expose us to cancer-causing chemicals? According to studies, microwave popcorn manufacturers coat the disposable bag with a chemical that breaks down during the microwaving process, creating a substance known as perfluorooctanoic, or PFOA. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies PFOA as a carcinogenic substance, and it has been associated with an increased risk of liver and prostate cancer. In 1993, Dr. Frank Gilliland wrote an article in the “Journal of Occupational Medicine” which claimed that workers exposed to the compound had an increased risk of cancer.