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6 Delicious but Cancerous Foods

Updated on January 10, 2017

Eating is a part of man’s daily life. Without eating, man cannot survive, because the needs of his body is not limited to breathing. Since the early times, the survival of man’s life is credited to eating – in that way he can store energy, provide stability, and develop himself as time goes by. During pre-historical times, mankind was reported to hunt for food in the wilderness. Because they lack knowledge, it is said that the early humans were hunters and they eat the raw animals like a carnivore. But now, humans are already civilized enough to prepare healthy and well-cooked foods to eat. To satisfy their own needs, man has to provide food for himself.

It is a must that we should eat healthy foods in order to maintain our good health. Doctors and other health experts would suggest that we should regularly eat fruits, vegetables, and fresh fish or meat. Foods which are high in protein are also advised. However, as we take a look around in the world today, we are more attracted to eat unhealthy foods over the healthy ones. Why? Because that’s what the restaurants, food stalls, and markets offer. Another factor that makes us eat unhealthy foods is the time. People nowadays are so busy to prepare dishes and cook for themselves, leaving them no choice but to consume junk and fast-food products.

Surely, if we are going to enumerate all the unhealthy foods, that list would be endless. But what are the unhealthiest foods in the world? Sometimes, we are not aware that the most delicious ones are also the most dangerous ones. According to research, these ‘delicious’ and ‘mouth-watering’ foods are actually ‘cancerous’. You might be surprised, but here are the 6 delicious but cancerous foods:

1. Hotdogs

Yes, hotdogs are yummy and tasty. People of all ages loves them – from kids to adults. But all hotdogs are processed meat, and all processed meats are linked to cancer. Actually, it is not just the hotdogs which are cancerous – even bacon, ham, sausage, and other instant meat are all cancerous. The meat industry will not be happy about this, but according to research, eating hot dogs, ham, bacon, and other processed meat can cause colorectal cancer. The effects of eating these is often compared to the effects of cigarettes in the body. Labeled as ‘carcinogenic’, this means that hotdogs and other processed meats contains substances which can cause cancer to humans at a high risk.

2. Canned Beef

Whenever we’re out of food and we’re craving for beef all of a sudden, we can have a delicious taste of chunky, tasty, and juicy beef meat out of a can. Sounds pretty convenient, right? But corned beef and other canned products are actually considered ‘cancerous’ because it can also cause colorectal cancer. According to World Health Organization, it can increase your chances of getting colorectal cancer by as much as 18 percent.

3. French Fries

It is heartbreaking to see this precious, thin sliced potatoes fried and sprinked with salt in the list. All french fries’ lovers will be sad to hear this, but according to FDA, the crispy french fries you love so much could contain acrylamide, a carcinogen known to cause cancer in lab animals when ingested at high doses. It is also a known neurotoxin in humans, and the World Health Organization concluded that acrylamide in food was indeed a major concern. But a slightly good news is that, as of 2014 it is still not clear whether acrylamide consumption affects people's risk of developing cancer. However, cigarette smoking is a major acrylamide source, and we don’t want to take a health risk like smoking cigarette just because we’re fanatics of french fries, right?

4. Donuts

While many of us would like to eat these sweet, ring-shaped bread, donuts actually contain hydrogenated oils, white flour, sugar, and acrylamides. It also contains sodium nitrite which is converted to nitrosamine during digestion. What does this mean? It means that they're one of the worst cancer foods you can possibly eat. Reader's Digest described these circle sweets as a "disastrous" breakfast food, and many experts agree it's probably one of the worst ways to start the day.

5. Cola/Soda

A refreshing drink especially when it’s summer time of the year is the cola and soda, which is not just cold but also sweet. Many people love drinking this because it makes the body feel cool. But did you know that this product is made up of sugar? Any food or drink which is high in refined sugars can increase cancer risk. In the 2010 study of Cancer Epidemology, Biomakers & Prevention, it was revealed that people who consume two or more servings of soda a week have an 87% higher chance of developing pancreatic cancer. It can also have a negative effect in the stomach and colon.

6. Instant Noodles

Slurping the hot soup from the cup of instant noodles is surely appetizing. Even the smell of the soup base while boiling it feels like a genuine savory soup. Noodles are popular not only in Asian countries like Japan, China, and Korea, but also in other countries. However, instant noodles are confirmed to have food dye and wax. The wax is called “Propylene glycol” which is readily absorbed and accumulates in the heart, liver and kidneys causing abnormalities and damage. The chemical can causes cancer and is also capable of weakening the immune system. Actually, these are just some of the many ingredients/chemicals linked to cancer has been found in instant noodles. Instant noodles contain acid regulators, flavour enhancers, thickeners, humectants, colours, stabilizers, anti-oxidants, emulsifiers, flour treatment agents, preservatives and anti-caking agents which are sodium additives. High-sodium foods cause hypertension, heart disease, stroke, cancer, kidney damage and other health problems.

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