There are many experts who warn against the consumption of sugar or precooked food. But have you ever wondered why? Below we show you 9 potentially carcinogenic things that you take every day. And you know what they say: prevention is better than cure.
Any type of cancer is the result of damage or genetic mutations in our DNA. It mainly affects the way in which our cells grow or divide, transforming them in a perverse way.
These cells multiply and become tumors (sometimes uncontrollable) and can spread throughout the body.
Although some types of cancer are beyond our control, the truth is that there are others that are produced by taking a series of bad decisions, such as smoking.
Even there are other products such as coffee or grilled meat that can increase the chances of contracting this disease, or at least that is what Business Insider says after gathering a series of investigations.
Below we show what experts say about the relationship between some foods and cancer.
Eating too many sweet things can not only lead to diabetes, but can also actively damage cells and increase the chances of developing cancer. But not only that. Recently it has been discovered that sugar can fuel the growth of tumors in our body, since cancer uses this food as fuel.
8. Precooked food
A group of researchers discovered a few months ago a certain relationship between people who consume processed foods and those who develop cancer.
It is not new that tobacco contains up to 70 chemicals that cause cancer. The worst of all is that not only smokers are affected, but also the people around them, that is, the known passive smokers.
6. Cured meat or fish and pickled foods
Salted fish has a high content of nitrates and nitrites, known carcinogens in animals that can also cause cancer in humans, specifically the head and neck.
On the other hand, pickled food can increase the risk of stomach cancer.
Browning certain foods by cooking them at high temperatures produces a chemical compound called acrylamide, which is linked to certain types of cancer. In fact, it occurs naturally when we toast bread, coffee beans or cookies in a process called Maillard reaction.
4. Processed meats
The WHO says that processed meats such as ham, bacon and sausages can cause cancer.
3. Meat on the grill
According to the US National Cancer Institute, when meats such as beef, poultry or fish are cooked over a hot flame or a pan at high temperatures, fat and juices react with dangerous chemicals that remain in the flesh and then we eat. This is because the meat contains compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).
2. Contraceptive pill
Although it may increase the risk of developing breast and cervical cancer, studies suggest it may also reduce the chances of endometrial, ovarian, or colorectal cancers.
Drinking alcohol in excess may increase the risk of developing several types of cancer, including cancer of the throat, liver, breast and colon.