3 Cancer-Fighting Foods
9 Foods to Avoid on an Anti-Cancer Diet
1) Meat Products to Limit or Avoid
Charbroiled and Grilled
Cooking meat at high temperatures creates cancer-causing chemicals like HCA (heterocyclic amines) and PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons). Both of these chemical compounds have been linked to various cancers including breast, colon, prostate, and liver.
*Helpful Tip:Marinating meat in a vinegar-based (not sugar-based) marinade before grilling can reduce the amount of HCA and PAH that develop in these products. Adding rosemary to grilled meats is also beneficial in reducing such chemicals.
Pickled, Smoked, and Processed
These preparations can damage the innate structure of the meat product. Pickled, salt-preserved foods, and cured meats increase the risk of stomach cancer by as much as 50%. Nitrates, in many cured meats like hot dogs, lunch meat, and bacon have associations with bowel and colorectal cancer. Smoked foods have also been linked to stomach cancer.
*Helpful Tip:Look for nitrate-free meats and/or limit exposure to these products to once a week.
By "conventional," we mean meat from animals raised on farms where they are given antibiotics and/or hormones and may often be fed feeds laden with pesticides. When consumers eat these forms of meat, the antibiotics and hormones are passed directly onto and into them. Antibiotics have been linked to drug-resistant strains of bacteria, and animals given them are likely less healthy in the first place. Hormones given to cattle (to increase growth rate) have been linked with hormonal-based cancers in humans such as breast, uterine, and prostate. Animal feeds can be problematic for several reasons. Cows, for example, are intended by nature to eat grass. When they are fed grains, and especially non-organic ones, they can become sick and infected. And even chickens, meant to be foragers for things like insects, are often given GMO grains.
*Helpful Tip:Buy grass-fed beef when possible. Grass-fed beef is also higher in Omega-3s which combat the large amount of inflammatory Omega-6s in the standard American diet and in conventional meats. Look for organic and pasture-raised chicken or, at least, chicken not given antibiotics. Wild-caught fish like salmon is also important to buy over farm-raised. Fish that are farm-raised are often given grain and feed that may contain pesticides and even antibiotics.
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