Top 6 Foods That Can Increase Your Cancer Risks

Note: Cancer is a disease that can arise from multiple factors. Although diet plays a major role in causing cancer, one should never disregard the fact that genetics, lifestyle and exposure to environmental chemicals can also increase one’s chance of getting cancer. However, knowing the right thing to eat can significantly help in decreasing one’s cancer risks.

You are what you eat, they always say. But in the case  of carcinogens, having the right food selection can ultimately save someone else’s life. This is because  a carcinogen usually mask itself using mouth-watering and palatable food choices in the market. And in case you still don’t know, carcinogen is the term being used to pertain to those cancer-causing agents that are usually added to our foods as main additives or preservatives. Again, diet is not the ONLY cause of cancer but would you risk your own life by not knowing which foods you eat everyday actually contains carcinogens? Here’s the fact: with the continuous development being done in food preservation, more and more items are becoming the focus of health experts for their overwhelming potential to cause cancer in people.

You might not be surprised that too much sugar from soft drinks diet  can support some cancer cells on their growth and nourishment but there are more foods that you might be missing out. According to Mike Adams, editor of, here are the things that you have to take note of every time you read food labels because they might not be as healthy as what commercial products have been promising: high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, sucrose, enriched bleached flour, white rice, white pastas, white breads and other “white” foods. Refined products are not the healthiest choice according to health experts because it can potentially support tumor growths and increase one’s chance of getting diabetes. In addition to these items, here are the top six foods that can also increase one’s chance of getting cancer:

Burned Meat

Eating charred or burned meat is not actually  delectable, let alone free from any health hazards. However, some people just can’t resist the taste of burned meat/fat in an overcooked barbecue- – something that should never be recommended especially if you don’t like to increase your chance of getting cancer. According to National Cancer Institute, eating burned meat  has been linked to cancers of the digestive system. In addition to this, a research study led by Kristin Anderson of the University of Minnesota has shocked the world for confirming that eating charred meat can increase a person’s chance of getting pancreatic cancer by almost 60%.

Hot dogs (those that are high in nitrites)

Kids love to have hot dogs in the table but if you don’t choose the right product, you might just increase your family’s chance of getting cancer. According to Cancer Prevention Coalition, eating hot dogs that have high amounts of sodium nitrites can increase one’s chance of getting cancer. A research study that was conducted between 1980 to 1987 at Los Angeles  County has revealed that children who eat more than 12 hot dogs a month are more likely to get leukemia, a known cancer of the blood. Sodium nitrites  are known preservatives being used to combat botulism among processed meats but this same chemical can bind to amines upon cooking to form potent carcinogens that are also linked to cancers of the digestive system.

Fried Potatoes

Fried potatoes, commonly known in fast food terminologies as simply “french fries”, have been the focus of health-related criticisms over the years. This is not at all surprising because potatoes of this type are being cooked using hydrogenated oils and trans-fats, two contributing factors to fatal heart diseases. Moreover, potatoes contain carbohydrates that release carcinogenic by-products called acrylamides during the deep-frying process. A Swedish study backed up this claim by revealing how acrylamides have helped in forming cancer cells among rats.

Processed Meats

To make a tasty and flavorful product, processed meats must contain preservatives just like what food manufacturers do to hot dogs. For this reason, sodium nitrites commonly found in processed meat products like tocino can also increase one’s chance of accumulating carcinogens in the body. In addition to that, bacon also contains high levels of saturated fats, enough to cause breast cancer among women if eaten persistently.


“Reader’s Digest” says it all: doughnuts are a disastrous foods to eat during break fast. And as it turned out, it seems that this sugary treat can be disastrous any time of the day if taken in excess. This is because, doughnuts contain high amounts of sugar, deep-fried in hydrogenated oil and are made up of refined products (white flour)- – -three necessary ingredients to create potent carcinogens.

Sweetened Beverages

Sweetened beverages are defined as those juices or drinks being sold commercially and contain high amounts of refined sugar. According to a scientific study published on “Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention”, people who consume two or more servings of soda per week have an 87 percent higher chance of developing pancreatic cancer compared to individuals who do not consume soft drinks. Excess sugar doesn’t directly cause cancer but promotes proliferation of tumors by providing them a steady supply of nourishment. In the process, these tumors might show signs of malignancy and finally cause cancers of the digestive system.

Healthy eating is a must for a healthy living. There are foods that can significantly increase one’s chance of getting cancer but keep in mind that the secret in enjoying life will always be moderation. For this reason, taking too much of the six foods above will bring a satisfying gastronomic experience but in the long run, can rob you of additional years to enjoy life because of cancer. Fight Cancer. Eat right.

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  • Jefferdean

    Thanks for sharing

  • Jerry Atibagos

    This information is very helpful most specially to the present generation were all is a fan of this easy to cook food. This is very informative and very helpful tips.

  • Lyndon

    This is very informative and should be shared with everyone. Thank you for sharing.

  • I don’t eat burnt meat because of the awful taste. I knew hot dogs were not healthy, the red dye they used in it to make it look appealing and the bye product meat stuffed inside. The oil that’s being used in french fries comes from beef tallow, the same stuff that are being used by mechanics in their shops and the oil for deep frying donuts produces carcinogen everytime it’s re-heated.I make pizza with pop whenever I have the urge but I make sure I don’t over do it. I invite people over so they eat the most of the pizza.

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  • Jessica Zafra

    A healthy diet may prolong your life, but what would you have to live for? What is the point of living to a hundred if you have to subsist on bland food? One may as well die of boredom.

  • timgurl

    Very informative… nice one..

  • ric33

    Thank you very much for sharing, you’ve done very nice article for us (FB users) to be aware on this, keep up the good work, God bless you more.

  • tony acuna

    maybe it will not prolong your life if you stay away from these foods but it might extend your life for a minute in your death bed enough for you to say,”i should have”.

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  • djinn

    Improve your writing skills, dear writer:
    “But in the case of carcinogens, having the right food selection can ultimately save someone else’s life”
    “This is because a carcinogen usually mask itself using mouth-watering and palatable food choices in the market”
    “diet is not the ONLY cause of cancer”
    “would you risk your own life by not knowing which foods you eat everyday actually contains carcinogens?”

    And white rice, the type most Filipinos consume, can cause cancer??

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  • Christmas is coming and I better avoid (or lessen) consumption of these foods. 🙁

  • Wow! I should be aware of eating these foods. Thanks for the information!

  • Juno

    Balance is the key, if u love eating these kinds of food because u have a i don’t care to live a bland and boring 80+ years of living mentality, im sure you’ll change ur mind when u are suffering a painful way of life and a slow death that’s affects those around u because they have to look after ur deteriorating, abused body at the age of 40+.