Cancer Causing Foods to Avoid

Nutrition & Good Eats


Such a horrible word, and a disease that has most definitely influenced almost everyone in one form or another. My Grandmother recently passed of it, as did my Uncle last year, and it’s the swear word you hear all too often in bad news.

There are many reasons cancer is given the ability to thrive in peoples’ bodies. Bad habits, genetics, the foods we eat, the environment we live in…

The truth is, not everyone can change everything about their lives in order to prevent cancer. But there are things you CAN do…choices you CAN make on your own.

So what can we do to prevent it? What’s a good FIRST STEP for those who are not accustomed to living a natural life? If you’re not sure how to cut out chemicals in your home and swap them for essential oils, or you can’t quite kick smoking or your use of tobacco, or you’re not able to make your diet organic and clean…there are a hand full of foods you can try to stay clear of to possibly help lower your chances of developing cancer.

If we are strictly talking foods to avoid, start here:

  1. Refined and artificial sugars and High Fructose Corn Syrup
  2. Processed meats
  3. Pickled/Smoked foods
  4. White flour
  5. Hydrogenated oils
  6. Farmed salmon


White sugar is in my opinion the number one cancer promoter in the average person’s diet. It is everywhere. (Candy is the obvious culprit, but soda, jams, and many prepared and prepackaged meals have added sugar in them) And when you add in the “sugar free” or “zero calorie” sweeteners, those are just as bad. I do not have a sweet tooth like my husband does, but when he indulges in sweets, they are homemade, with organic cane sugar, or coconut sugar, and we use the purest of ingredients we can find locally. If you are able to cut out white sugar from your diet, that is a big first step!

Processed meats include:

  • Lunch meat
  • Salami
  • Bacon
  • Hot dogs
  • Anything with added nitrates and/or nitrites and meats that have been cured.

**When we buy bacon or ham we ALWAYS make sure it is uncured, and does not have any added nitrates/nitrites as well as no hormones or antibiotics ever used in the animal before it was butchered.**

Pickled and smoked foods again, the preservatives and nitrites and nitrates…gross. Try home canning pickles, it’s actually an easy process. We do purchase pickles now and then, but we are picky in choosing which ones.

Lucky for us, I am gluten free and don’t use wheat flour to begin with, so our family doesn’t eat much of it either. When they do, it is unbleached and fully organic and non-genetically modified. Without going into too much detail, wheat is not what it used to be. 

Foods high in hydrogenated oils:

  • Margarine
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Packaged snacks such as chips and baked goods
  • Ready-to-use dough
  • Fried foods
  • Peanut and other nut butters
  • Coffee creamers
  • And many many many other foods

Last but not least, farmed salmon…I am a big believer in no farmed fish for many reasons. Salmon are meant for ocean and river life. It is how they have always been. You take  one of God’s beautiful creations and decide to farm it for “production” (which in my mind means profit) and you modify it’s genes to better suit your agenda and you all of a sudden don’t have what once was a pure being. Not to mention farmed fish means they are treated with antibiotics, and the omegas and proteins found in farmed fish are not the same of those in the wild.

Small changes to begin with… but it means the beginning to a healthier life. Not only are you reducing your risk of cancer, but you are most likely going to FEEL better. Feeling better helps motivate you for making other healthy choices.

It’s a win-win.