The Worst Foods for Cancer, According to Research

Environment plays a role in cancer risk, and yes, that includes food. Carcinogens include tobacco and asbestos. Carcinogens are also on your plate. You probably eat cancer-causing foods.

PhD in Neuroscience, MSc in Molecular Neuroscience and BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences, says ultra-processed foods should be the first to go in an anti-cancer diet. She cites a study that found "ultra-processed" foods increase "cancer risk."

Foods ultra-processed

Shelf-stable meals contain most "ultra-processed" ingredients. Hydrogenated oils throw off the body's balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, causing inflammation and cancer.

1. Shelf-Stable Meals

Macaroni and cheese and taco kits contain many unhealthy ingredients. Make these comfort foods at home.

2. Boxed Meals

Instant noodles have the same problem as shelf-stable meals. Make your own version with egg noodles and low-sodium broth.

3. Instant Noodles

Instant soup packets are similar. Simmering pasta and frozen vegetables in chicken broth is faster and healthier.

4. Instant Soup

Making your own mashed potatoes takes less than 30 minutes. Homemade is healthier and tastier.

5. Instant Mashed Potatoes

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