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6 Foods That Cause Cancer

Updated on April 16, 2017

World Health Organization estimates that between 30-50 percent of all cancer cases are preventable. A healthy balanced diet that includes whole grains, vegetables and fruits reduces the risk of this serious disease substantially.

6 Cancer-Causing Foods

It definitely helps to know what foods to avoid. Here are six foods that many experts believe cause cancer.

1. Red Meat (Grilled)

You may not like what you read if you love the delicious taste of grilled red meat. Research studies indicate that cooking meat by grilling releases heterocyclic aromatic amines (HCAs), which are carcinogenic. Do not eat more than 18 ounces of cooked red meat per week.

Grilled Red Meat Causes Cancer


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2. Carbonated Drinks

Carbonated beverages contain dyes, high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame and many other carcinogens. A research study conducted in the spring of 2005 indicated a strong correlation between consumption of carbonated drinks and esophageal cancer.

Carbonated Beverages Are Loaded With Carcinogens


3. Alcohol

Many experts are of the opinion that the more alcohol you drink, the higher the risk of cancer. According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, drinking alcohol increases the risk of many cancers, including the cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus and liver. These risks increase after about one daily drink for women and two daily drinks for men. Over the years, clear patterns have emerged between alcohol consumption and the development of neck cancer and head cancer.

The More the Alcohol, the Greater the Risk of Cancer


4. Bagel

A study that was conducted at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center indicates that foods like bagel that are high on glycemic index (GI) can increase the risk of lung cancer by as much as 49 percent.

High-GI Foods Increase Cancer Risk


5. Trans Fats

Many studies have linked trans fats to cancer. One such study indicates that consuming plenty of trans fats may enhance the risk of breast cancer. Of the 25,000 European ladies who participated in the study, those who had the highest levels of trans fats in their blood were about twice as likely as those with the lowest trans fat levels to develop breast cancer. Foods that contain trans fats are foods that cause cancer cells to grow. It is better to avoid them.

Ground Beef Is Carcinogenic


6. Farmed Salmon

An analysis of more than 700 farmed salmon weighing more than two tons revealed that regular consumption of the fish increases the risk of cancer. This is due to high levels of cancer-causing toxins in the fish.

Farmed Salmon Is a Toxic Food



  • Between 30-50 percent of all cancer cases are preventable.
  • Heterocyclic aromatic amines in grilled red meat are carcinogenic.
  • Soda consumption is linked to cancer.
  • Alcohol increases the risk of mouth cancer.
  • Trans fats cause breast cancer.

Cancer is awful. It took 10 years until I didn't think about it every day. Nobody should go through this. Nobody.

— Hans Rosling


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