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The Foods That Feed Cancer

Many of you are pursuing cancer and don’t even know it. Cancer is not something that just happens due to a stroke of bad luck.  It is very often what is on your plate that creates and feeds cancer growth. Part 1 of this two-part series (Part 2 will run in February issue), looks at how cancer develops from certain foods we eat and the top 6 foods that feed cancer.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S. and so common that 1 out of every 4 people are getting cancer. Until now, it has seemed to be a mystery why some people get cancer while others do not. In the last few years, researchers have found a mechanism in which certain foods create and feed cancer cells to grow into massive tumors. 

How Cancer Develops

There is an inflammatory chemical in our body called prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). If the levels of this chemical are high enough for a long enough period of time, it transforms a normal, healthy cell into a cancer cell. PGE2 is produced from eating too much arachidonic acid. Many of you are eating foods that contain or convert to arachidonic acid once inside your body. Some of the worst culprits are fried foods, such as French fries, chips and other processed foods that are cooked or processed with bad vegetable oils (corn, cottonseed, peanut, sunflower, safflower).

Another ingredient in processed food and sweetened beverages that produces PGE2 and promotes cancer growth is sugar. Avoiding added sugar in your diet is imperative if you want to avoid cancer and most other diseases.

Cancer, like most diseases, is an inflammatory disease. Any foods you eat that cause systemic inflammation in your body will promote cancer growth! Sugar and vegetable oils are the worst offenders!


The Top 6 Foods and Food Ingredients That Feed Cancer

  1. Fast Food.  Most fast-food items are pro-inflammatory because they are fried, contain grain (bread, tortillas, pasta), and meat from grain-fed animals (another source of arachidonic acid).
  2. Processed Food and Junk Food.  These also usually contain wheat flour (grain), sugar or high fructose corn syrup, and pro-inflammatory vegetable oils (corn, cottonseed, peanut, sunflower, safflower).
  3. Sweets and Sugary Beverages.  Soda, candy, cookies, baked goods, etc.‚Ä®Sugar + Inflammation = Cancer
  4. Trans Fat.  Any food that lists “partially hydrogenated” oil on the ingredient label has trans fat. This is the most dangerous fat to consume.
  5. Vegetable Oils.  Here is a list of oils you should be avoiding.
  6. Food Additives, Preservatives and Artificial Sweeteners.  Here is a list of the top 10 to avoid.

Are you on a path to wellness or sickness and disease?  Take a look at this checklist to see how you’re doing!   Watch for Part 2 -- the most powerful “super foods” that fight cancer – in next month’s issue of “Live Well.”