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World Cancer Day 2018: Carcinogenic food which we are using in daily diet

World Cancer Day 2018: Carcinogenic food which we are using in daily diet
Written by Shilpi Gupta

Cancer is such a deadly disease, a person who comes in his grip almost leaves the hope of living. February 4 is celebrated as World Cancer Day. In India, the number of cancer patients year by year is increasing. Due to urban lifestyle and irregular eating, the number of cancer patients in India has increased by 7.5 percent in the last few years. One thing of the sadness is that Indian women are getting more than men with cancer disease. 12.5 million new cases of cancer are reported every year in India, in which seven lakh patients are women. According to the World Health Organization, by the end of the year 2025, the number of cancer patients in India will be 5 times the number of current patients.

One of the greatest reason for the cancer is, what we eat in daily routine. It is hard to determine what to really stay away from for our good health. There are so many food products which are responsible for various chronic diseases. Here we are introducing such of the food items which you have to avoid to stay away from the cancer risk.

Canned Tomato 

As the Lycopene present in tomatoes are rich in nutrients, but the benefits are cancelled out when the canned lining chemicals lie BPA, disrupt the hormonal activity in the body. BPA, a toxic chemical of canned tomatoes has been not only linked to different cancers but also a responsible for heart disease and reproductive problems.

Potato chips and French Fries

Potato chips may be cheap, delicious and addicting snacks, but this crispy can also be deadly because it is responsible for many diseases. These fatty foods don’t only a reason for obesity due to their high trans-fat content, also they have excessive sodium levels, which cause high blood pressure. Moreover, Potato chips and french fries contain acrylamide, it is known carcinogen which is found in cigarettes.

Processed White Flour 

The chemically-bleaching flour with chlorine gas kills all of its healthy nutrients. If we inhaled Chlorine gas it can be deadly for us. Moreover, white flour also contains a high glycemic rate, which raises blood sugar and insulin levels and also causes diabetes.

Hydrogenated Oils

Hydrogenated oils, like vegetable oil, contain trans fats are the reason for various chronic diseases. It is known to cause cancer, heart disease, and immune system problems. In fact, there is no safe amount of trans fats in our daily diet, so avoiding this carsinogenic food.  Organic butter is a better option as well to replace hydrogenated oil.

Microwave Popcorn

Microwave popcorn contains PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) which is a known as a carcinogenic. Microwave popcorn, having artificial butter contains another dangerous chemical which can damage the lungs when inhaled. Use air popcorn and add your own flavour instead of artificial flavour to reduce the risk of exposure to these harmful chemicals.

Processed Meats

Bacon, lunch meat, hot dogs, sausages, and other processed meats can be a reason for cancer and it also increases the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67%. Many scientific research said that hot dogs commonly contain sodium nitrite, which is a cancer-causing ingredient.

About the author

Shilpi Gupta

Food Technologist by Profession and Blogger by Destiny. love to write articles on food technology, spirituality and social issues.

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