Cancer is closely related to our daily diet. What you eat can hurt or may help you. Some foods can cause cancer, but some foods can help fight against cancer.
Foods That Feed Cancer Cells
Sugar is known to promote cancer in humans body as sugar feeds cancer cells. It provides the platform for cancer cells to form energy anaerobically. It includes every foodstuff riches in sugar as well as artificial sweeteners. Recent research has shown that unprocessed honey or molasses, which contains antioxidant, is a better substitute for sugar intake. However, its consumption should keep to small volume.
Refined sugar, refined flour, soda pop and other processed foods are foods that found to feed and strengthen the growth of cancer cells.
Besides sugar, milk is also found to stimulate the body to produce mucus, particularly in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer cells feed well on this mucus and later the cells can multiply into numbers which eventually encourages the formation of tumors.
Foods That Linked to Cancer
Oil and fat is found to be related to cancer. When oil or fat is heated under extreme temperature, it can result in the formation of carcinogenic compounds. Similarly, when oil or fat is reused for cooking, it can cause cancer too.
Trans fatty acids foods such as margarine, French fries, MSG and polysaturated oil are one of the causes of cancer. Foods contain aspartame include diet Coke, Nutrasweet, Equal and etc. are also identified as foods that linked to cancer. Smoked foods, processed meats, salt preserved foods and grilled meats too, may give rise to the cancer of the digestive tract.
Barbequed foods contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which are found in the smoke as fat burns. Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are also found in the charred or burnt meats. These substances are found to be carcinogenic and can accelerate the formation of cancer cells in our body.
Foods That Stimulate Cancer Cells
Foods or drinks which contain alcohol, caffeine, fluoride and chlorine can indirectly stimulate the cancer cells.
Foods That Fight Against Cancer Cells
Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower contain indole-3-carbitol which can fight against cancer cells. Additionally, they also contain two antioxidant, lutein and zeaxanthin which may help to decrease prostate and other cancers.
Also, green and leafy vegetables have been associated with lower stomach cancer risk. Sprouts contain phytochemical sulforaphane helps to prevent colon and rectal cancers. Carrots rich in beta-carotene can aid in reducing lung, mouth, throat, stomach, intestine, bladder, prostate and breast cancer. Though carrot helps reduce cancer, its intake should reduce to less than 2 kilo a day. Its consumption of 2 to 3 kilos a day undeniably can cause cancer.
Purple grapes with seeds and skin, contain bioflavonoids (powerful antioxidants) and resveratrol that help to suppress and inhibit the growth of tumor and cancer cells. Red raspberries with seeds contain lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidant which can prevent us from cancer.
Seaweed and other sea vegetables are rich in beta-carotene, protein, vitamin B12, fiber, chlorophyll as well as chlorophylones which may assist in the fight against cancer. Green tea and black tea contain polyphenols (catechins), which are important antioxidants to help prevent cancer cells from dividing.
These foods assist to inhibit the cancer cells from spreading to other parts of our body. They may even help to kill the cancer cells, but it will depend fully on an individual immune system. When the immune system is strong, cancer cells will be destroyed and thus inhibiting the cancer cells from multiplying and forming tumors.
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