What role does nutrition play in preventing cancer? Much more than you think.

Studies show: 2 major factors that increase cancer risk - a passive lifestyle and poor nutrition. Fortunately, it's up to you to change this.

In addition to quitting smoking, in order to lower the risk, you should monitor your weight, exercise regularly and adhere to a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant foods.

Here are the 8 most carcinogenic products:

1. Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners.

Refined sugars not only increase the level of insulin, but also are a breeding ground for cancer cells. This fact is known to science for a long time.

As early as 1931, the German Nobel laureate in medicine Otto Warburg first discovered that tumors feed on sugars. For the growth and distribution of oncocells, sweeteners with a high fructose content are needed because they are rapidly metabolized.

Than to replace?

Honey, palm sugar, raw molasses, maple syrup, stevia.

2. Processed meat.

The processed meat means factory meat products - bacon, sausages, etc. A study conducted by the University of Hawaii found that such products increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67%.

Processed meat contains many chemicals and preservatives, including nitrates, which improve the taste, but are known for their carcinogenicity. Especially harmful smoked meat, because it absorbs the resin.

Than to replace?

Buy lean meat and cook it yourself.

3. Artificially grown fish.

Commercial fish farming is based on the breeding of a huge amount of fish (eg, salmon) in extremely close conditions. In such a crowded environment, the risk of bacterial, viral and parasitic epidemics is very high, so the fish is treated with antibiotics, pesticides and other carcinogens.

In addition, farmed salmon contains much less omega-3 than wild salmon.

Than to replace?

Buy wild salmon - it is more expensive, but safer.

4. Marinated and smoked products.

Typically, such products contain preservatives such as nitrates, which extend their shelf life. Over time, these supplements accumulate in the human body. Ultimately, they lead to destruction at the cellular level and can cause cancer.

With heat treatment of smoked products, nitrates are converted into much more dangerous nitrites.

5. Hydrogenated oils.

Hydrogenated oils (they are also trans-fats) is a synthetic product, the chemical composition of which has been artificially changed for longer storage. In addition, chemicals are added to the oil to remove odor and improve taste.

According to the research, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, included in the factory products, double the risk of breast cancer.

Than to replace?

Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil or palm oil.

6. Potato chips.

This popular food is fried in hydrogenated vegetable oil, and then abundantly salted. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, only 30 g of chips per day lead to the addition of 1 kg of body weight per year.

In addition, the chips contain trans fats, which raise the level of cholesterol, and sodium, which increases blood pressure. A high-temperature frying leads to the formation of acrylamide - a carcinogen, also contained in cigarettes.

Than to replace?

Fry the chips themselves, on a useful oil (for example, olive).

7. Popcorn from the microwave.

Popcorn from the microwave is a convenient and relatively healthy food, but the package in which it is prepared is another matter. Many packages for the preparation of popcorn in the microwave contain perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

This toxin significantly increases the risk of cancer of piles, kidneys, large intestine, bladder, prostate, lung, thyroid and blood.

8. Refined white flour.

Refined flour is deprived of all nutritional properties, and then it is bleached with chlorine gas to make it more attractive to consumers. The white flour has a very high glycemic index - that is, it increases insulin levels without providing nutrients.

The body converts carbohydrates into sugar, so foods high in white flour can lead to increased insulin resistance.

Than to replace?

Whole-wheat, almond, barley flour.