Are There Any Food Or Diets That Cause Cancer?
There is the general concept that constant or out-of-control inflammation in the body leads to ill health, and that eating to avoid constant inflammation promotes better health and can keep disease away.
Here are some examples of food and food preparation processes that are thought to be inflammatory and may increase cancer risks:
- Moulds & toxins: e.g. Aflatoxin in cereals, grains and peanuts and Fumonisin in maize
- Food preparation;
- Heterocyclic amines – cooking meat at high temperature, e.g. deep frying
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – produced in meat and fish that has been grilled or barbecue over direct flame
- N-nitroso, formed in foods containing added nitrates/nitrities, e.g. in meat and fish preserved with salt, preservatives, smoking or drying