Here are three foods that can increase your risk of colon cancer and that you can avoid when doing a colon cleanse.
- Processed and red meats
While that bacon, salami or beef may look appetizing, you may want to take a closer look at how much of it you’re eating.
In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that processed meats (such as hot dogs, bacon, lunch meat and salami) cause cancer. They also said that red meats (such as beef, pork, veal and lamb) likely cause cancer as well.
Researchers found that eating 50 grams of processed meat every day (equivalent to one hot dog or four strips of bacon) may increase your risk of colon cancer by 18 percent.
While the report doesn’t say that you should stop eating these meats altogether, it does urge caution and moderation.
To reduce your risk of colon cancer, consider swapping red meats for poultry and fish. Poultry and fish is used in most delicious meals so it’s not gonna be that hard avoiding red meat.
- White Bread
Just like processed meats, processed grains can also increase your risk of colon cancer.
Refined grains in white bread and other white flour foods can increase blood sugar levels, which lead to insulin resistance. This can raise your risk of colon cancer—as well as other cancers like kidney cancer.
Grains are also a leading source of fiber in people’s diets. But because they are so processed, white flour foods do not have as much fiber as whole grain foods.
Choosing whole grain bread, pasta and oats can increase your fiber intake and reduce your colon cancer risk.
- Sugary drinks
Sugary drinks are everywhere. Depending on where you are, it may even be easier to get a soda than a bottle of water.
While studies have shown the link between sugary drinks and obesity, they may cause cancer as well.
The sugar in drinks like soda can lead to chronic inflammation andInflammation can lead to many different cancers throughout the body—including colon cancer.
To avoid colon cancer, replace your sugary drinks with water and other low-calorie and low-sugar alternatives.