Did you know that some foods that you eat on a daily basis could be doing more harm than good to your body? And sometimes, you aren’t even aware of it. Even though you think you are eating healthy, some of your favorites dishes could lead to cancer.

Potato chips

We all love the crunchiness of a potato chip, right? That’s why I’m sorry to inform you that a Swedish study has recently found out that this deliciousness could trigger #Cancer and cause male infertility. According to the study, the problem is a chemical called acrylamide found in high concentrations in fried or baked carbohydrate-rich foods, such as potatoes. Although, acrylamide is present in many different foods and it’s practically impossible to avoid it completely, specialists recommend not exaggerating when it comes to fries or chips.

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Beef

Meat lovers, we have bad news for you! According to a American Institute of Cancer research, it’s proven that the abusive consumption of red meat, like beef, pork and lamb, is directly linked to colorectal cancer. Furthermore, it’s very likely that its intake is also linked to stomach cancer. Specialists affirm that you can eat about 18 ounces of red meat a week without raising cancer risk. That means an occasional burger is safe!

Sausage and bacon

According to the American Institute of Cancer, carcinogen substances can be formed during processes of meat preserving such as curing, smoking or salting. Considering that even small portions can increase the risk of developing colon cancer, specialists strongly recommend avoiding all types of processed meats including sausage, ham, salami and bacon.

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Yes, sadly, bacon classifies as a processed meat.

Beer and wine

Unfortunately, our occasional happy hour drink isn’t safe either. It turns out that even small amounts of alcohol can increase the risk of several cancers including breast, liver and colon types. After reviewing studies from over 10 years, a research conducted in New Zealand found evidence that links alcohol directly to the diseases. The same study indicates that the risk of cancer increases according to the amount of alcohol intake. 

Canned goods

Sweet corn and tomato soup aren’t safe either! At least, if they come in cans. That's because of a substance used by manufactures called bisphenol A-based epoxy (BPA). Although it isn't news that BPA is linked to breast cancer, infertility, heart disease and other health problems, the world’s largest #food brands still coat their cans with it, according to a study coordinated by the Environmental Working Group. Worst: even though some companies brand their cans as BPA-free, when analyzing them, researchers still found small amounts of the chemical.

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Microwave popcorn

Microwavable kernels usually come in bags lined with a chemical that when decomposed produces perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a substance linked to liver, prostate and bladder cancer, among others. However that is still a way you can safely microwave your popcorn. Put some organic kernels inside a paper bag, position it horizontally in the microwave and turn it on. Or, just do the old way and pop them in a pot.

What can you eat, then?

From time to time, treating yourself with that juicy steak, crispy french fries and a refreshing glass of wine won’t do any harm. Still, on a daily basis you must do your best to live longer and healthier. Focus on increasing the intake of foods that help prevent cancer. Here are some tips to improve our #diet:

  • Eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. Broccoli, tomatoes, spinach and berries are great cancer fighters.
  • Eat more fiber. Consuming foods such as oats, whole grains and quinoa can help you decrease the risk of colon cancer by 10%.
  • Include more fish in your diet. Wild salmon and sardines are great sources of omega-3.
  • When possible, go organic! Pesticides in fruits and vegetables are linked to different types of cancer.