Process foods is a major contributor to obesity and illness around the world.
How do we know? Every time a population adopts a Western diet high in processed foods, they get sick. It happens within a few years. Their genes don't change, their food does.
The word-processed often causes some confusion, so let me clarify what I mean. Obviously, most foods we eat are processed in some way. Apples are cut from trees, ground beef has been ground in a machine and butter is cream that has been separated from the milk and churned.
But there is a difference between mechanical processing and chemical processing. If it's a single ingredient food with no added chemicals, then it doesn't matter if it's been ground or put into a jar. It's still real food.
However, foods that have been chemically processed and made solely from refined ingredients and artificial substances, are what is generally known as processed food.
Your cancer risk increases with the amount of processed food—such as bread, cakes, snacks, sweets, and sodas—you eat. Eating 10 percent more of the foods every day raises the chances of developing cancer by 12 percent, a new study claims.
'Ultra-processed foods' could be another risk for cancer along with smoking and obesity, say researchers from Sorbonne University in Paris.
They came to their verdict after tracking the health and diets of nearly 105,000 men and women with an average age of 43; 18 percent of the group was regularly eating ultra-processed foods.
During the five years of the study, there were 79 new cases of cancer every year per 10,000 people—so around 830 new cases a year in the study group—and the cases were more likely among those eating processed food. The researchers reckoned that a 10 percent increase in the amount of processed food being eaten would lead to nine extra cases of cancer per 10,000 people each year, or a 12 percent raised risk.
Processed foods are high in sugars, and in cancer-causing chemicals that are generated in the heat-treatment processes in their manufacture.
The researchers accept that in large population studies, it's hard to prove a direct-line cause, especially as other factors—such as smoking and lack of exercise—could be playing a part. (Source: BMJ, 2018; 360: k322)
What can you do?
- Avoid junk and processed foods
- Increase the intake of natural foods (vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds)
- Limit the number of grains to two cups a day and mostly organic
- Learn how to understand the ingredient list in packaged foods (Less than 5 ingredient preferable and no chemicals)
- Take control of your meals and cook at home
- Get tested nutritionally to supplement your diet naturally
- Avoid juices and sodas
- Practice Intermittent Fasting
- Get adjusted
- Eat the right fats- Avocados, eggs, organic grass fed butter, coconut oil, olive oil
Live a Happy, Healthy, Fun life!
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Dr. Rae and Dr. Vargas