6. Refined ‘white’ flours
Refined flour is a common ingredient in processed foods, but its excess carbohydrate content is a serious cause for concern.
A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Mile Markers, and Prevention found that regular consumption of refined carbohydrates was linked to a 220 percent increase in breast cancer among women.
High-glycemic foods in general have also been shown to rapidly raise blood sugar levels in the body, which directly feeds cancer cell growth and spread.
7. Refined sugars
The same goes for refined sugars, which tend to rapidly spike insulin levels and feed the growth of cancer cells.
Fructose-rich sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are particularly offensive, as cancer cells have been shown to quickly and easily metabolize them in order to proliferate.
And since cookies, cakes, pies, sodas, juices, sauces, cereals, and many other popular, mostly processed, food items are loaded with HFCS and other refined sugars, this helps explain why cancer rates are on the rise these days.
8. Conventional apples, grapes, and other ‘dirty’ fruits
Many people think they are eating healthy when they buy apples, grapes, or strawberries from the store.
But unless these fruits are organic or verified to be pesticide-free, they could be a major cancer risk.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that up to 98 percent of all conventional produce, and particularly the type found on its “dirty” fruits list, is contaminated with cancer-causing pesticides (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list/).