5 Food Items That Can Cause Cancer


You probably do not think about food being carcinogenic. And you are right, because food that is natural does not cause cancer. But unfortunately, man has succeeded in manipulating natural food to make it inexpensive and hassle free to produce. Food is processed using chemicals to preserve, add taste and color. These additives have transformed food into carcinogenic agents.

Here are 5 foods items that can cause cancer if consumed on a regular basis:


Soda is a normal item in most households and the number one reason for obese children in the US. It is loaded with sugar and useless artificial ingredients. Soda has no benefit whatsoever and it causes more harm than good. A single can of soda contains 10 packs of sugar. Apart from other health concerns, soda increases the risk of cancer. According to a study carried out by the University of Minnesota, people who drank at least two soft drinks per week were at an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Dark colored soda contain 4-metthylimidazole which is a chemical process byproduct used for creating artificial dye to give color to sodas. This chemical has been linked with cancer. Recently Pepsi as well as Coca Cola announced modification of the chemical in question.

Processed Meat

Meats which have undergone processes such as smoking or salting, or which contains chemical preservatives have a high risk of causing colon cancer. Most processed meats contain a carcinogen called sodium nitrate. A study carried out in 2005 by the University of Hawaii revealed that the risk of pancreatic cancer was increased by 67% upon consumption of processed meat. Hot dogs particularly are made of those parts of the animal which are otherwise discarded. After an extensive research involving clinical studies about the relationship cancer and diet, the World Cancer Research Fund came to the conclusion that consumers should stop eating processed meats. These include sausages, pepperoni, hot dogs, salami etc.

Potato Chips

Apart from the fact that potato chips contain high amounts of trans fat, sodium and glycemic carbohydrates, they also contain a carcinogenic substance called acrylamide formed due to high temperatures. According to professor Dale Hattis of Clark University, acrylamide causes a number of cancers in people consuming potato chips.


Before you rush to any conclusions, apple as a fruit is very healthy; however it is the pesticides that make them unfit for human consumption. According to a survey carried out by the Environmental Working Group, among all the fruits, apples are highly contaminated by pesticides. When more than 700 samples were tested, nearly 98% contained pesticides. Other fruits with high amounts (90%) of pesticides include grapes, oranges, cilantro and strawberries. Not only are the pesticides toxic, they are also linked with certain kinds of cancers. So it is time to put a stop to this by buying organic foods.

Farmed Salmon

According to David Carpenter, M.D, Director of the Institute for Health and Environment at the University of Albany, farmed salmon not only has low vitamin D but is also high in contaminants and carcinogens along with pesticides such as DDT. Carpenter states that such salmon can be consumed only once in every 5 months without the risk of getting cancer.

These are just a few of the food items we consume that pose the risk of cancer. We should become more aware of what goes inside us. Supporting local farmers who grow food organically and buying their produce can help us keep cancer at bay.

Author bio: Ralph Coleman is a medical writer who writes well-researched, in-depth cancer articles which provide relevant information to help patients combat the deadly disease. Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) prides in providing the best cancer treatment solutions to patients who have endured to various cancer types.

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