Knowing what foods to avoid is just as important as know what to eat. Instead of focusing on specific foods to avoid break it down into 4 groups.
4 Food Groups To Fear:
1.) Sugars-Foods high in sugar can increase an insulin-like growth factor, a hormone that responds to spikes in blood glucose levels which can stimulate the growth of cancer cells. Does the household scream for something sweet? Chocolate, preferably dark is a satisfy treat. Berries in sherbet or top angel food cake with some fresh berries.
2.) Processed Foods- Most pre packaged and processed foods contain trans fats that have been linked to certain cancers, obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes. Avoid purchasing packaged and processed foods whenever possible.
3.) Meat-Charred meats contain cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclicamines, and a preference for meat cooked well done correlates with increased risk of developing certain cancers. When eating beef choose organically raised animals that don’t receive growth hormones.
4.) Alcohol- Moderate alcohol intake (1 drink a day) helps protect against cardiovascular disease. However excessive drinking can increase estrogen levels in the blood and increased estrogen has been associated with a higher risk of developing certain cancers.
Knowing what to keep off your family’s menu is so important. Of course complete elimination of these 4 fearsome food groups is difficult, moderation is key.
By Carrie Chacon with SNAC
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