Surprisingly carcinogenic 22 foods and 7 risk-reducing foods you should remember

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Cancer is more common in humans. In the United States, cancer is the second most common cause of death following heart disease. In Japan, too, cancer ranks among the top three causes of death for all ages between 1 and 94. Can we reduce the risk of causing cancer by improving our daily diet? Here are 22 foods that have been noted for carcinogenicity and seven foods that are considered to effectively reduce health risks.

1. Processed meats such as sausage, bacon, and salami
Sausage and bacon enrich our busy breakfast table, but we should rethink eating them every day. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies processed meats, such as sausages, as “Group 1” carcinogenic foods, which means that in terms of carcinogenic accuracy, processed meat is probably as high as cigarette and UV exposure. Try to have a balanced diet that doesn’t rely solely on processed meat.

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2. Red meat, like beef
Needless to say, eating raw meat is not without problem. Red meat, such as beef or pork, can also cause cancer. According to the WHO study, those who consume 100 grams of red meat every day are 17 percent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer within a few years than those who do not. Recently, steaks have been attracting attention as a strong source of support of a low sugar diet, but avoid excessive intake of them.

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