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Foods You Should Avoid For A Healthier Life

Cancer is a sad reality that affects many people worldwide. While some people are genetically predisposed to some cancers, there are also other factors that can contribute to the growth of cancer. Unhealthy lifestyles that include poor diets, heavy drinking, smoking, and lack of physical activity are often linked to the development of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

And since nutrition is the driving force for our overall health and immune system, it only makes sense to eat a healthy balanced diet and to avoid these foods that are harmful to our bodies:

Refined Sugar

Refined sugars, such as high-fructose corn syrup, are found in many packaged foods and sweets, and are extremely harmful to our health. Refined sugars cause insulin levels to spike and have been linked to feeding the growth of cancer cells. If you’re looking for a healthier sweetener substitute, consider using coconut sugar, maple sugar or syrup, and organic honey.

Canned Food

Canned foods often contain high levels of sodium and the cans themselves are lined with bisphenol-A (BPA), which has been linked to DNA changes in rats. To avoid these harmful chemicals, stick to fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables.

Nitrites

Nitrites are a common preservative in certain foods, such as processed meats and pickled foods that have a long shelf life. The build-up of nitrites in the body can lead to certain cancers. Colon cancer has been linked with a diet high in deli meats.

Refined White Flour

White flour is refined and bleached and has no nutritional value. Even so, white flour can cause insulin levels to spike since it has a high glycemic index. There is nothing good about white flour, and it can cause much more harm, so avoid foods with this ingredient as much as possible.

Farmed Fish

Farmed fish are usually full of antibiotics and pesticides to prevent bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Although these added chemicals prevent unwanted bugs, they are also considered to be carcinogenic. Farmed fish also have less nutritional value compared to wild fish, so they are not worth having in your diet.

Soda Pop

The high-fructose corn syrup in soda, plus the added chemicals for coloring, such as caramel color, make these beverages extremely harmful. Even diet pops have aspartame and other artificial sweeteners that are carcinogenic. So to avoid the many health risks associated with soda, avoid it altogether.

There is also little knowledge surrounding the harmful lasting effects of genetically-modified foods, so try to avoid them by buying organic, non-GMO foods. If you stick to fresh, local foods that are pesticide-free, you can avoid the many harmful—and cancer-causing—effects of processed foods. A healthy lifestyle includes eating a balanced diet since nutrition affects our overall health.

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