Bacon and other processed meats have gotten a bad rap in the news lately, but they can’t take all the blame for our current health crisis. These 12 foods have also been linked to cancer when consumed too frequently.
You’ve probably heard the scuttlebutt about how bacon and processed meats may cause cancer – it seems everyone has been talking about this lately (although most of us who have done any research about healthy eating probably already knew this!). But did you know there are many other foods that we commonly consume that have been shown to contribute to an increased risk of cancer?
When consumed with moderation, most of them are okay in small amounts, but unfortunately most Americans aren’t really big on moderation when it comes to food – just look at our super-size menus (and waistlines)!
Even if you don’t eat bacon – or any meat at all for that matter – you should still be aware of these potential carcinogens and limit your intake:
We hate to be the bearers of more bad news, but alcohol is a known carcinogen. And whether your drink of choice is a glass of red wine, a cold beer, or a martini, the more alcohol you sip on a regular basis, the higher your risk for developing certain types of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute….
2. French Fries + 3. Potato Chips
Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Potatoes contain an amino acid called asparagine. And when the spuds are fried, that asparagine produces a chemical called acrylamide. Acrylamide is used in the production of plastic and is also found in cigarette smoke, so it’s no surprise that it’s considered a probable carcinogen. In fact, the WHO says that high levels of acrylamide in food pose a “major concern.” Probably because studies show that having higher levels of acrylamide in your blood is associated with an increased risk for breast, endometrial, ovarian, and renal cancers.
4. Cereal + 5. Toast
The potato isn’t the only food that produces acrylamide when cooked at high temps. It’s found in cooked grain products, like cereal and toast, as well. The American Cancer Society says it’s still unknown whether eating these foods will actually give you cancer—but they also say that if you want to cut your acrylamide intake, cutting back on toast and cereal might be one way to do so.
For the full list, see the article at RodalesOrganicLife.com….