Hydrogenated Oils – Do you know what are hydrogenated oils? Well, hydrogenated oils, also known as trans fats are man-made products. Hydrogenated oils have a chemical structure which has been modified to prevent the product from going rancid, in order to increase their shelf life. A recent study, performed by the group of experts at the Harvard School of Public Health, notes that trans fats promote the immune system over-activity and inflammation and are associated with heart disease, stroke and diabetes, inter alia, chronic diseases. In addition to being chemically extracted from its source, the chemicals are used to mask the smell and change the oil taste.

Microwave Popcorn – You should avoid using the microwave popcorn, because these bags are lined with Perfluoroalkyls, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) to prevent oil from submerging the packaging. So, you should know when it becomes warmer, these chemicals seep into the popcorn. And when ingested these chemicals show up as blood pollutants. PFOA is linked to tumors in animal organs (liver, pancreas, testes, and mammary glands in rats), and increases in prostate cancer in PFOA plant workers.

Non Organic Fruits & Vegetables – you should know that conventionally bred crops are grown with pesticides, herbicides and GMO seeds. These all are dangerous to your health.

Processed Foods – processed foods are loaded with nitrites and nitrates, and when you consume these compounds in large quantities, you can increase the risk of stomach and other cancers. You should also know that processed foods are usually full of white flour, sugar, oil, colors, flavors and other unhealthy ingredients.

Refined Sugars – Medical experts have found a close relationship between sugar and a number of issues, such as unhealthy blood fat levels, low HDL, increased risk for heart disease, higher blood levels of triglycerides, obesity, immunity, arthritis and a host of other diseases. Medical experts claim that all cancer cells thrive on sugar.

Soda / Sport drink – Do you like sodas and sports drinks? Then you must know that there is no nutritional value to drink soda or sports drinks. These drinks are full of fructose corn syrup, sugar, color, brominated vegetable oil (flame retardant), aspartame and other chemicals. They rob your body of essential vitamins and minerals.

Soy Protein Isolate – According to the latest statistics, experts say that almost 90-95 percent of US grown soybeans, which are used to create soy protein isolate, are “Roundup Ready”, which means that they have been genetically modified to resist herbicides. The American Dietetic Association reported that soy protein isolates are known to contain anti-nutrients that can develop or delay the body’s ability to digest food and absorb nutrients into the bloodstream. It should be known that soy is going through a very industrial production process of acid washing in aluminum tanks. Aluminium is highly toxic to the nervous system and kidneys.

Sugar – As we have already mentioned, all cancer cells thrive on sugar and foods that turn into sugar, such as cereal, pasta, carbohydrates, bread and most fruit. Well, it means that people who deal with cancer, eliminating sugar is the key. For those who are looking to maintain health, eating a balanced diet that includes fruits is not as great of an issue.

White Flour- Commercially grown grains begin with seeds that are treated with fungicide. The plants are then sprayed with pesticides. They are harvested and stored in bins coated with insecticides. Which all increase your toxic load. Grains are then processed in high temperature, high speed rollers. Chlorine oxide in the form of a chlorine gas bath is used as a whitener, as well as an aging agent. What you end up with is a starch devoid of nutrients and full of toxins.

BPA lined cans- This ingredient found in hard plastics and resins is used to coat metal cans. Laboratory studies in cells and animals have linked BPA to cancer, infertility, diabetes and obesity. Unless a canned item is labelled BPA free, it’s likely to contain bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA can also be found in numerous plastic products and dental composites.

Cured and Smoked Foods- Nitrates and nitrites act as preservatives to prevent food from spoiling, they also add color to meats. When cooked, nitrites and nitrates change into by-products called N-nitroso compounds, such as nitrosamines and nitrosamides. N-nitroso compounds are associated with an increased risk of cancer.

Farmed Fish- According to Food and Water Watch, farmed fish contain higher levels of chemical pollutants than wild fish, including PCB’s a known carcinogen. Due to overcrowding in fish farms, fish are more susceptible to disease increasing the use of antibiotic use. They are also more susceptible to sea lice, which means they are also treated with pesticides.

GMOs– Sadly GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) have infiltrated our food supply at an alarming rate. GMO foods should be avoiding. Look for GMO free labels on foods. To learn more about GMOS and their health risks go to: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/gmo-education

Grilled Meat- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, are produced through certain types of combustion, such as the burning of coal or wood. An additional problem is created when fat from meat drips onto a fire, creating   a flare up and smoke, this allows the PAHs yo affix themselves to the food you’re cooking increasing your risk for carcinogenic exposure.

Source: Simple Capacity

Other included sources linked in Simple Capacity’s article: The Hearty Soul