Before you lead your grocery cart down that aisle, you may want to think twice. Believe it or not, cancer-causing foods are lurking in many corners of your local grocery store. Some foods you already know you should avoid for other reasons (like high fat content), others are often recommended as part of a healthy diet. You may be surprised just what foods have been linked to cancer. You may never grocery shop the same way again.
A number of your main protein choices may contain carcinogenic (cancer-causing) substances. Even healthy choices like fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids can expose you to potentially harmful compounds.
Processed meats are any meats not sold fresh, but have been cured, salted, flavored or preserved in some way. This includes sausage, ham, salami, pepperoni, bacon, and hot dogs. Studies show people who eat processed meats on a regular basis are 18% more likely to develop colorectal cancer. The reason for this is likely carcinogenic compounds like heterocyclic amines that form during the commercial processing of meat.
Grilled Red Meat:
Red meat is already linked to cancer because of the high amounts of animal protein and fat it contains, but grilling red meat increases its carcinogenic properties. When meat is grilled, fat drips from the meat onto the heat source and lifts smoke back onto the meat. This smoke contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other carcinogenic compounds that attach back onto the meat and are then consumed during eating.
Fish pick up all manner of pollutants from their surroundings. Fatty fish, even those high in “good fats” like omega-3s, are more likely to hold onto these pollutants. Farmed fish are typically exposed to more carcinogenic substances in their environment, which means they have higher amounts of carcinogens in their system than fresh-caught fish.
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