Foods that cause cancer
I read so much about foods that cause of cancer, but I'm not sure if I believe what I read. Any chance you can clarify cancer-causing foods?
The general consensus about foods that cause cancer, from the book, "Eat This, Not That," to websites like The Truth About Cancer, agree there are about 10 foods that most researchers feel can increase your personal risk for developing cancer.
The top five most diagnosed cancers in men is lung, prostate, colorectal, stomach and liver, while the top five most diagnosed cancers in women is breast, colorectal, lung, cervical and stomach, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
You will note that several of the most common and aggressive cancers have to do with your gastrointestinal system. The very system that is designed to process the food you eat, distribute it around your body as needed and does its best to dump the excess toxins.
In no particular order, foods it is best to avoid to reduce your risk of cancer are genetically modified foods, microwaved popcorn, canned goods, grilled red meat, refined sugar, salt/pickled and smoked foods, soda/carbonated beverages, white flour, farmed fish and hydrogenated oils, according to The Truth About Cancer.
And if you are now asking, "What is the number one food to avoid"? It is sugar.
According to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, sugar feeds every cell in our body - even cancer cells. The average American eats about 130 pounds of sugar a year.
The problem is that sugar is often disguised when listed on foods products making it a challenge to eliminate sugar from our diet.
Here are some hidden sugar words to observe: fructose, lactose, sucrose, maltose, glucose and dextrose. And then there are those nasty artificial sweeteners that M.D. Anderson suggests it is best to avoid. The Mayo Clinic lists the artificial sweeteners as aspartame, neotame, saccharin, sucralose and advantame.
Sugar is not our ideal fuel, because its burns dirty with far more reactive oxygen species than fat, which generates more free radicals, which in turn, causes mitochondrial and nuclear DNA damage along with cell membrane and protein impairment according to Joseph Mercola, M.D.
A few facts to ponder: 1,658,000 new cancer cases diagnosed in 2015, with about 1,600 people dying daily in 2015 from cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
In 2016, cancer is estimated to be the second cause of death. In 1900, cancer was not even in the top five causes of death.
Thought for the week: The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.
Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.