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What Foods Increase The Risk Of Cancer?

There is no doubt that our dietary choices have an impact on our health.  One of the dreaded diseases we all hope to avoid is cancer.  Are there certain foods/drinks that have been shown in studies to be linked to a higher risk of developing cancer? Unfortunately the answer is “Yes” and here are those consumables that place us at risk for developing cancer:

Processed meat is any type of meat that’s been preserved by smoking, salting, curing, or canning. Most processed meats are red meats. Some examples of red meat that’s been processed include: 

  • hot dogs
  • salami
  • sausage
  • ham
  • corned beef
  • beef jerky



Fried foods are also linked to a higher risk of developing cancer.  The frying process produces a chemical called “acrylamide” and this has been linked to causing cancer.

Overcooking foods, especially meats, produces cancer causing chemicals.

The ingestion of dairy increases a body chemical called “Insulin-like growth factor-1” and this has been linked to an increase in risk of prostate cancer.

Sugary foods and refined carbs (sugar sodas, baked goods, white pasta, sugary cereals, etc) can indirectly increase your risk for cancer.   The probable basis of this enhanced cancer risk is the obesity factor that these foods (in excess) cause, and obesity has been linked to a number of cancers.  

Alcohol intake is another risk factor for cancer.  In the body, alcohol gets broken down to acetaldehyde, and this chemical is carcinogenic.

Avoiding/keeping intake in moderation of the above food and drink sources will lower your risk of developing cancer.  Well worth the effort!

I certainly do not want to post any songs about cancer so today’s song is inspired by an advertisement I saw for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons coming to Richmond for a performance in July…this guy must be 90 years old and still performing?  That’s an inspiration!

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