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5 Foods to Try to Avoid

We all know that certain foods are bad for you but what about certain foods that could be linked to cancer? The key to avoiding cancer-causing foods is knowing which ingredients are carcinogens and then reading food labels to permanently avoid consuming those ingredients (specifically hydrogenated oil, sodium nitrate, and acrylamides). Here's the top five potentially cancer causing foods you should avoid from

  • Processed meats and bacon: These meats almost always contain the same sodium nitrite found in hot dogs. You can find some without nitrites, but you'll have to look for them in natural grocers or health food stores. Bacon is also high in saturated fat, which contributes to the risk of cancers, including breast cancer. Limiting your consumption of processed meats and saturated fats also benefits the heart.
  • Hot dogs: The Cancer Prevention Coalition recommends that children should not eat more than 12 hot dogs per month because of the risk of cancer. If you must have your hot dog fix, look for those without sodium nitrite listed among the ingredients.
  • Doughnuts: Doughnuts contain hydrogenated oils, white flour, sugar, and acrylamides. Essentially, they're one of the worst cancer foods you can possibly eat. Reader's Digest calls doughnuts "disastrous" as a breakfast food, and many experts agree it's probably one of the worst ways to start the day.
  • French fries: Fries are made with hydrogenated oil and fried at high temperatures. Some chains even add sugar to their fry recipe to make them even more irresistible. Not only do they clog your arteries with saturated fat and trans fat, they also contain acrylamides. They should be called "cancer fries," not French fries.
  • Chips / crackers / cookies: These generally contain white flour and sugar as well as trans fats, but it's not enough to simply look for these ingredients on the label; you have to actually "decode" the ingredients list that food manufacturers use to deceive consumers. They do this by hiding ingredients (such as hiding MSG in yeast extract, or by fiddling with serving sizes so they can claim the food is trans fat free, even when it contains trans fats (the new Girl Scout cookies use this trick).


SU3 SU3 10 years
This is not suprising at all...
Hera119 Hera119 10 years
I seldom eat nay hotdogs and cookies...So I love eating them!
yayapapaya yayapapaya 10 years
you just made a list of my five favorite foods.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 10 years
I think as long as we limit ourselves to a few burgers and fries (like maybe 2) per month or so, we'll be in good shape. Yes, try to avoid them, but if you cut it out of your life you'll just want it that much more. Don't go to McDonalds or BK or Wendy's if you're craving a burger. I say go to Fuddruckers, Beck's Prime, or a classic Steak and Shake. These places carry the "good" burgers (not healthy, but best tasting). If I'm craving something fattening like a burger or fries, it better be the best damn burger out there!!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
:rotfl: Molly! well, i already knew this, but it is still upsetting :rotfl: i need my occassional beef patty and french fries!
Heart-Holland Heart-Holland 10 years
as a former Girl Scout (many years ago) who recently polished off boxes of Thin Mints and Samoas (over the course of a few weeks), I am saddened by this.
brokenbracelet brokenbracelet 10 years
LOL@ Molly......I fear I am the same way! I loooove my french fries!!!!!!!
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
THANK YOU for pointing out that "trick" that the Girl Scout Cookies are using. SHAME!
ilove2ski ilove2ski 10 years
OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ..If you see us in the club we'll be acting real nice if you see us on the floor you'll be watchin all night..
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
And WHY are doughnuts on here, I love those things.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 years
Does turkey count as processed meat, the pre-sliced kind that I have for lunch every day?? Please say no!!
jordana-bee jordana-bee 10 years
I never eat french fries, but I find it hard to give up hamburgers altogether. My body craves grease. Jordana
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I like the key word in the headline is "Try"...:-)
theworldloves theworldloves 10 years
I already avoid fast food (fries, hot dogs, processed meats) and told myself I shouldn't eat doughnuts [about 2 years ago], so that leaves the snacks. I couldn't live without cookies, hehe
Molly Molly 10 years
You can take away my Processed Meats, but you will NEVER take away my french fries. You will have to pry (okay, slide, they're greasy) them out of my cold, dead hands.
llendril llendril 10 years
the girl scouts are trying to trick us into eating trans fat? sounds a bit dishonorable to me!
vegan-musician vegan-musician 10 years
can't say this was the most eye-opening....
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
Noooooooooooooo, not french fries!!!
Beaner Beaner 10 years
French Fries? Say it ain't so...
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