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Thursday, August 05, 2010

What not to eat: Reducing cancer risk

Good food, Bad food.
I understand that these days you can be at risk of cancer by just doing simple daily tasks like eating, breathing and using your mobile phone.  However there are certain foods that are suggested will reduce cancer risks and will assist you in improving and maintaining a healthier lifestyle!

In the book Cancer: 101 Solutions to a Preventable Epidemic (New Society Publishers, 2007) the authors suggest 10 Foods and Drinks to Limit or Eliminate:

1. All charred food, which create heterocyclic aromatic amines, known carcinogens. Even dark toast is suspect.

2. Well-done red meat. Medium or rare is better, little or no meat.

3. Sugar, both white and brown–which is simply white sugar with molasses added.

4. Heavily salted, smoked and pickled foods, which lead to higher rates of stomach cancer.

5. Sodas/soft drinks, which pose health risks, both for what they contain–sugar and various additives–and for what they replace in the diet–beverages and foods that provide vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

6. French fries, chips and snack foods that contain trans fats.

7. Food and drink additives such as aspartame.

8. Excess alcohol.

9. Baked goods, for the acrylamide.

10. Farmed fish, which contains higher levels of toxins such as PCBs.

What I have to add:

11. Energy Drinks
Personally I believe energy drinks are a huge problem and should be avoided.  They spark high insulin levels in the blood and are full of sugar, caffeine and chemicals.  I admit that around exam time I drink 2 of those babies a day but for no more than a week or so, as well as one on the odd occasion.  However they are certainly not appropriate for recreational drinking purposes.  Also drinks such as pulse are even worse as the liver has to process all the chemicals, caffeine AND alcohol!!!!

12. Excessive medication
Don't pop ibuprofen if you don't really need it!!!! Taking meds for every little thing puts a lot of strain on your insides - stomach, intestines and liver.  Paracetamol is a better option but I still PERSONALLY think you should cut down your intake if you're a huge hypochondriac!

13. Chicken
People say that red meat is bad - what about chicken?  Did you know chickens get treated in chlorine and bleach before popped on the shelves.  Many are fed hormones all of their lives and their bodies grow at a ridiculous rate- so fast that many can't stand up.  The chemical treatment of chicken prior to packaging and sales is ridiculous.  If you eat chicken - GO ORGANIC.  Free range and organic are NOT THE SAME THING! Free range doesnt suggest the bird's eating was better, only their environment.


Fiona said...

I feel proud cos I only really have two of the things in both of those lists :D
People don't seem to think of an animal and meat as the same thing. What is fed to your chickens/cows/pork is what you are basically feeding yourself. And chickens can be dodgy even if they are organic, as the checks for contamination from their entrails are the laxest in the whole meat industry.

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