Cancer is a very common disease in this day-and-age – according to statistics, 1 in 3 people will get it at some point in their life. But for many people who dedicate their lives to living healthy, it still doesn’t answer the question “Why me?”
Dr. Vishal Rao, an oncologist and head and neck surgeon dealt with a patient who didn’t smoke, drink and ate healthy but was still diagnosed with cancer. He dealt with a patient that lived as healthy of a lifestyle as you could live, but the disease still managed to conquer his system. When his patient asked the doctor “why me,” he was left speechless for a moment.
But Dr. Rao mentioned that deadly carcinogens are not just present in tobacco, there are many different types that are also present in the food we eat. Continue reading to find out how the quality of food can be setting you up for a cancer diagnosis.
Pesticides: For farmers and those who grow their own crops, pesticides are essential because they are used to protect crops from insects. But there is always a risk of developing pesticide poisoning and even cancer. Avoiding fruits and vegetables is not the answer to avoiding these risks, but switching to more organic foods may be the way to move forward.
Preservatives: Preservatives were used to keep foods safe and edible for long periods of time. Some examples include salt, sugar and vegetable oil, doesn’t seem so harmless right? They not only preserve the food, but also provide the body with nutrition when consumed at required amounts.
However, with technology quickly advancing, companies have now moved to synthetic preservatives, which help store and protect the food from spoilage for long periods of time. Notice how I didn’t mention that it keeps the food safe. That is because these new preservatives are harming us. Studies have suggested that synthetic food preservatives like sodium benzoate and sodium nitrite can cause gastric cancer.
Adulterants: Another tampering chemical that is being down to the food we are consuming is food colorants. Companies used to use natural food colorants such as pure beet/ pomegranate juice, carrot juice, spinach powder, parsley juice, turmeric powder, blueberry juice and cocoa powder. But because their shelf life is low, they have steered away from them.
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