Carcinogenic Foods to Avoid & Cancer Fighting Foods You Should Add to Your Diet
This month I am focusing on what we should be eating to take a proactive approach towards our health which also has been proven to prevent common cancers in women. What carcinogenic foods should we be avoiding and what cancer fighting foods should we be adding to our diet?
The “no no” list for reducing your risk of cancer:
🌭Processed foods are the first to go when it comes to preventing cancer and pretty much every disease out there. Specifically, foods containing nitrites, BHA/BHT and carrageenan (found in many non dairy milks). Processed meats such as bacon, sausages, salami and hot dogs have been cured using the toxic chemical preservative, nitrates. Also, when food is heavily barbecued or burnt, a carcinogenic substance called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons can be produced. Using lower temperatures when grilling reduces the number of these hydrocarbons
🌽Cancer causing genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are found in most food derivatives made from corn, soybeans and canola. Always make sure to check labels to make sure your food is non-GMO verified and ideally certified organic and locally grown.
🍬Refined sugar is the culprit for many disease states, but in cancer specifically as it has been proven to feed the growth of cancer cells. An example of this would be high fructose corn syrup, which has been shown to be metabolized quickly by cancer cells, helping them to proliferate and grow.
🐟The final 'no no' on the list would come as quite a shocker to some people. While many of us increased our salmon intake thinking it was healthy, farmed salmon has actually been proven to be dangerous due to the carcinogenic chemicals, polychlorinated biphenyls, pesticides and antibiotics used. Stick to wild salmon!
Now for the fun part- the delicious and nutritious foods we should be adding to our diet:
While unfortunate for our breath, garlic is one of the top cancer fighting foods due to its ability to activate our body’s natural killer cells. Adding 2-3 cloves of garlic daily is recommended.
🍎An apple a day can really keep the doctor away! Triterpenoid compounds found in apple peels are powerful cancer fighters. A study found that one small apple a day could prevent more than 300,000 cases of cancer each year
🌱Ground flaxseeds have been shown to help slow the growth of breast cancer, so try adding a tablespoon of ground flax to smoothies, yogurt or oatmeal for a boost of fiber.
🍓Berries are anti inflammatory and high in antioxidants, helping to reduce risk of cancer. Blueberries specifically have been to prevent the growth of breast cancer tumors in mice.
🌰Walnuts contain a substance called pedunculagin which the body metabolizes into compounds that bind to estrogen receptors and may play a part in preventing breast cancer.
🍵Green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants. Studies show that the properties of green tea may protect against metastasis of certain types of cancer.
☄️Curcumin, a compound found in turmeric has been shown to possibly kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth.
☀️Vitamin D is currently being heavily studied in terms of cancer fighting properties. Research suggests that 15 mcg of vitamin D per day can help prevent against certain types of cancer, including breast cancer. Vitamin D is found in fatty fish, egg yolks, and fortified milk or absorbed through sunlight. Because many of us don’t get enough vitamin D (especially in the winter) a supplement can be beneficial.
Our perfect condition vitamin is known for reducing yeast and inflammation but doubles as a cancer preventing vitamin! It contains garlic as well as turmeric which we now know are both cancer fighting superheroes! As much as we would all rather avoid talking about the big scary “C word” it is so important that we are well informed and proactive to reduce our risk and continue living our strongest, healthiest lives.