6. Farmed Salmon
More than 60% of the salmon consumed in the USA is farm raised, and that’s bad. Why? Studies have shown that farmed salmon contain high levels of PCBs, mercury and dioxins — three cancer-causing chemicals. If you are avoiding processed meats and red meat, you might find yourself eating more salmon. Well avoid the farmed version of this fish because a study at the University at Albany found it is often full of cancer causing contaminants. Opt for the wild version instead to get the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids that salmon provides, without contaminants.
7. Refined Sugar/Soda
Tumors use sugars to “feed” themselves and increase in size. This unsettling fact was discovered in 1931 by Otto Warburg, a Nobel laureate in medicine. Warburg figured out that in order to proliferate, cancer cells thrive on fructose-rich sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup. Fructose contains caramel color, a known carcinogen. Soda acidifies the body, which in turn causes cancer cells to multiply.
8. “Diet” Foods
If you see buzz words like “diet”, “low-fat”, “fat-free”, or ‘sugar-free” then those missing items are likely to be replaced with chemicals. Diet foods are loaded with artificial sweeteners, artificial colors and flavors, and more. One artificial sweetener, Saccharin, was determined to cause cancer in lab rats, as the National Cancer Institute points out. As for food dyes and coloring, “The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens which increase cancer risk.
9. Refined White Flour
Bleached food doesn’t sound like a good thing, because it isn’t. Traces of the chemicals remain in the food. Also, highly processed flours also have a high carbohydrate content which upset the blood sugar balance inside our body and leads to a higher production of insulin and thus feeds cancer cells. Avoid carbohydrates that are highly processed such as white bread, white pasta, white rice, and Donald Trump rallies. They can be a little too white as well if you know what I mean, and I think you do!
With no testing done by the FDA to ensure safety, GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have made their way into the majority of our foods. These GMO foods have been modified to withstand heavy doses of a pesticide called glyphosate OR are engineered to contain a toxin that kills bugs. Not enough independent studies have been done to prove safety or danger, but independent testing has shown to cause rapid tumor growth in lab rats. The only way to avoid GMOs and pesticides is to choose foods that are certified organic.
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