Does the food we eat contain carcinogens? It’s certainly not something you think about every day, but with almost 1.5 million people diagnosed with some type of cancer last year in United States alone, perhaps it’s time to look at what is in our foods that could be causing such a huge number of new cancer patients. Here is a list of the top 15 cancer causing foods that you most likely consume every day that may contain carcinogens or be suspected of causing cancer.
1. Microwave Popcorn
Let us consider the bag itself. Conventional microwave popcorn bags are lined with a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). This is a toxin you can find in Teflon also. According to a recent study at the University of California, PFOA is linked to infertility in women. Numerous studies in lab animals and humans show that exposure to PFOA significantly increases the risk of kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas and testicular cancers.
What about the contents? Although every manufacturer uses slightly different ingredients, most of them use soybean oil (a GMO product – cancer causing foods) as well as various preservatives such as propyl gallate, a chemical that is causes stomach problems and skin rashes. They don’t actually say they are using GMO corn kernels, but that’s because the government says they don’t have to. Even if producers don’t use GMO corn, it is highly unlikely they would use organic oil.
2. Soda Pop
Maybe you’ve heard about the soda drinking study published in May of 2014 in the American Journal of Nutrition? It found that people who consumed more than one soda per day had a higher risk of stroke than people who did not drink sodas.
Overloaded with sugar, sodas are an empty source of calories that cause weight gain and contribute to the nationwide epidemic of obesity. Drinking large amounts of this rapidly digested sugar causes your blood sugar to spike which can lead to both inflammation and insulin resistance. Soda is often the root cause of gastroesophageal reflux disease, which is when the contents of the stomach leak into the esophagus causing not only pain but an actual burning of the esophagus from stomach acid.
Though sodas are not a direct cause of ulcers, they are known to irritate and make those with ulcers have more pain. Sodas also contain artificial colorings and food chemicals like derivative 4-methylimidazole (4-MI); small wonder soda pop has been shown to cause cancer.
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