Which Foods Heighten Your Risk of Developing Cancer?

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In honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, we’ll be discussing the link between your nutrition and the risks of developing cancer. It can be tricky to maintain a healthy lifestyle and always be mindful of what you eat or the portion size of what you eat. It’s important to live and be healthy, but not to the point where you are thinking about this 24/7. Instead, take some time to research which foods you should eat less or not have at all. We’ve done some of that research for you to find out “Which Foods Heighten Your Risk of Developing Cancer?”

Processed Foods

It’s easy enough to make microwaved meals when you’re living a busy lifestyle, but these foods and other canned and packaged foods are loaded with sodium, which means you’re most likely going over your daily sodium intake with these meals. What’s simplest is not always best. With processed foods, it increases the risk of having High Blood Sugar, which in turn, “increases the risk for many diseases, including cancer. In fact, it can increase development risk up to 40% for specific cancers. That is to say that high blood sugar not only interrupts immediate wellness by producing unpleasant symptoms but also interrupts long term wellness by promoting disease progression.” (NFCR) Instead of those instant meals, find some delicious and easy recipes you can meal prep for over the weekend for your upcoming week! (Make sure to include lots of greens and all the different colors of the rainbow!)

Red Meat

While meat can have some health benefits, Red Meat can be more harmful than beneficial in the long run. A study conducted found “Red meat has been implicated in colon and rectal cancer. A Medline search in February 2003 uncovered 26 reports of human studies investigating the link between diet and colon or colorectal cancer.” (Donaldson) Red Meats include lamb, pork, and beef and a few others, and these meats are also not the healthiest when eating them processed-wise. Lowering your intake of red meats will lessen the risk of having that link to colon or colorectal cancer, by reducing the amount of high saturated fats in your diet.

Though cutting out these types of foods could limit the risks of cancer; exercise and other healthy habits are just as important but also do not completely reduce the risks, as “Experts estimate that 30 to 40% of cancers can be staved off by healthy lifestyles and proper nutrition, so integrating proper foods into our diet is critical.” (NFCR) Always remember to have your yearly wellness checkups and ask your local doctor any questions you might have about your health, and even family history.

May your year be full of health and happiness,

The Pick and Eat Team




Works Cited

Donaldson, Michael S. “Nutrition and Cancer: a Review of the Evidence for an Anti-Cancer Diet.” Nutrition Journal, BioMed Central, 20 Oct. 2004, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC526387/.

Tartaglia, Nicole. “Take a Bite Out Of Cancer: Foods That Fight Cancer.” NFCR, National Foundation for Cancer Research, 23 Oct. 2017, www.nfcr.org/blog/take-bite-cancer-foods-fight/.


Yates, Amy. “Bridging Well-Being, Blood Sugar and Nutrition - NFCR Blog.” NFCR, National Foundation for Cancer Research, 12 Oct. 2018, www.nfcr.org/blog/bridging-well-being-blood-sugar-and-nutrition/.

jorge peralta