When it comes to the food we eat, we need to be fully aware of everything – not just make a surface-level effort. This means being vigilant about where it comes from, what goes into the making of it, what the pros and cons are of eating it, etc.
This is important because sometimes, certain products that are marketed to us as “healthy” or we’ve somehow come to perceive as being good for us can turn to be exactly the opposite. In fact, some of them might even be carcinogens!
That’s why we need all the information we can possibly get. We’ll start you off with this list of 17 commonly consumed foods that cause cancer and what you should be eating instead.
Not only is soda jam-packed with sugar – cancer’s fuel of choice – but it often also contains caramel color. This artificial coloring has the carcinogenic chemical 4-MEI as a byproduct. Laboratory tests show that 4-MEI shows up in sodas with caramel color.
Alternatives – Water is always best, but if you really crave the sweet, bubbly hit of soda, choose a natural brand without caramel color.
2. Grilled Red Meat
While a nice char on that steak may taste good, the high temperatures used for its cooking produce cancer-causing hydrocarbons. And excessive consumption of red meat in general is thought to up your cancer risk.
Alternatives – Eat red meat sparingly, cook it carefully, and choose organic, grass fed beef if possible.
3. Microwave Popcorn
There’s a triple whammy here – the butter flavoring used in many microwave popcorn brands releases diacetyl, a known toxin, when cooked. Next, the perfluorooctanoic acid that lines the bags themselves is carcinogenic. And finally, popcorn producers are not required to report whether or not their kernels are GMO.
Alternatives – Buy organic kernels and pop them in an air popper or on your stove.
4. Canned Food, Especially Tomatoes
Canned foods are dangerous because the cans are lined with the chemical BPA, a known hormone disrupter. Canned tomatoes are especially problematic because their acidity causes the BPA to leach into the food. Tomatoes in general are very healthy; it’s the packaging that’s the problem here.
Alternatives – Eat fresh or frozen produce.