The Worst Foods That Have Been Linked to Cancer

Ultra-Processed Foods

Ultra-processed foods should be the first to go in an anti-cancer diet, says Fitness Savvy's Dr. Tracey Evans. 

Shelf-Stable Meals

Shelf-stable meals use ultraprocessed ingredients. Hydrogenated oils cause inflammation and cancer by upsetting the omega-3 to omega-6 balance.

Boxed Meals

Macaroni and cheese and taco kits include several unhealthy additives. Make these comfort foods at home.

Instant Noodles

Instant noodles are like shelf-stable foods. Egg noodles and low-sodium broth make a tasty alternative.

Instant Soup

Instant soup packs are similar. Simmering spaghetti and frozen vegetables in chicken stock is faster and healthier.

Instant Mashed Potatoes

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

Store-Bought Bread

Bread contains hydrogenated oils and potassium bromate. Bromated flour is linked to nervous-system disorders. Canada, Brazil, and EU ban it.

Store-Bought Burger Buns

Store-bought burger buns include bromated flour, like sliced bread. Many are also high in sugar.

Store-Bought Breakfast Sandwiches

In 2015, the EWG identified potassium bromate in 86 baked items, including several breakfast sandwiches. 

Store-Bought Pastry Dough

EWG identified bromated flour in dough. Make bread. It's labor-intensive but without hydrogenated oils and bromated flours.

Toaster Pastries

Toaster pastries include refined flours and sugars, both carcinogenic. You should avoid it whenever possible.

Flavored Crackers

Flavored crackers may be worse than those with bromated flour. Avoid sugar, hydrogenated oils, and additives.

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