Sunday, July 29, 2012

5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Getting Cancer

 

Avoid This

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Processed meats like hot dogs, bacon, and lunch meat with nitrites or nitrates, which contain nitrosamines, which is a carcinogen.  Smoked meats can also be carcinogenic.  (I would avoid these entirely if you are battling cancer or other serious health conditions.)





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Opt instead for meats that are nitrite and nitrate free, like Natural Choice by Hormel, or Applegate Naturals, and Thousand Hills Cattle Company hot dogs. (All available at my local Target.)   Ideally eat processed meats rarely, or not at all.






 

 




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I know I love the taste of donuts too.  However baked goods like cookies, doughnuts, crackers, and bread made from white flour contain potassium bromate, which is found to be carcinogenic.





 



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Simply use whole wheat or whole grain crackers and bread, or try this super healthy sprouted grain bread that's full of health benefits, and lower in carbs.  If you're a die hard donut fan try this recipe that's full of nutrient rich ingredients! 




 

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Burned meat is carcinogenic.   I'm going really technical here to help you doubters out there...
Muscles in cattle, pigs, birds and fish contain a compound called phosphocreatine.  At high temperatures (well above boiling, near 400° F and above), it reacts with the amino acids in the proteins of the meat to create compounds called heterocyclic amines.

Studies at the National Cancer Institute have shown that there is a link between people with stomach cancer and the consumption of cooked meats.  These studies showed that the risk of stomach cancer was three times higher in people who cooked their meat well done than in people who cooked it medium rare.  Other studies linked well done meats to colorectal, pancreatic, and breast cancers. (source)

 

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Cook or ask for your meat at whatever temperature you are comfortable at, the recommendation being rare or medium.  The most important part of a solid piece of red meat being cooked is that the outsides be cooked till it's browned.  That allows the heat to kill any bacteria on the outside of the meat.  Chicken, pork, and turkey should always be cooked until the meat is no longer pink, and juices run clear.  Red meat should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.  Click here to find out why you should eat red meat.


Avoid This

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Artificial food colorings that have been found to be cancer causing in animals, and therefore possibly for humans- Red #2, Blue #1, Green #3, Red #3 is especially bad for you, Yellow #14, and some carmel colorings.  Check labels to see what's in the product.  I have found some food colorings in surprising places, like some hummus dips.  To read about food coloring being added to some ground meat click here.

 

 

image photo : Composition of food coloring powders
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There are many natural food colorings, like turmeric, that are commonly used in foods on the market, and they're good for you!   Here's a fun link to easy ways to make your own food coloring.







 Avoid This

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There are sooo many Artificial Preservatives that it would take me a long time to go into each of them.  A few of the more common ones are BHT/BHA which have shown to have a possible link to cancer and hyperactivity, and EDTA which has been linked to developmental and reproductive problems.  These are easy to spot on ingredient lists, as they are usually one of the last ingredients.  If you'd like to research further Here is a list of food additives with more information on each of them.  Here is a list of food additives that details which may cause problems with hyperactivity, cancer, and asthma.

 


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Natural Preservatives are all over the market as well.  Common preservatives include mixed tocopherolys which are basically vitamin E, and ascorbic acid which is a form of vitamin C.  Here's a link on how to make and use your own natural preservatives.

 





Our amazing bodies, when healthy, can handle a certain amount of toxins that a healthy liver and pancreas can generally take care of.  The problems start piling up when we consume more toxins than our bodies can filter.  The moral is that if your body is healthy it can handle a small amount of these items, however it will be healthier and less burdened if only the healthier options are chosen. 

Disclaimer:  The above information is not to be taken as medical advice.  It is not meant to treat, cure, diagnose, or heal anyone.  It is my opinion based on research.

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