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Can Home Cooking Give You Cancer?

“Isn’t cooking at home healthier for you?”

Well, only if what you choose to be cooking is better for you than anything you’d get at a fast food short-cut or greasy diner. Even higher end restaurants can use chemical laced foods that are harmful to your crusade against cancer.

So, what is a processed food?

It’s pretty simple, really. You can determine whether a food is processed or not simply by looking at the ingredient list. The longer the ingredient list, the more processed a food is likely to be. Processed foods are usually found in the center aisles of the grocery store, meaning between the produce/bakery and the toiletry and hair care products (at least that’s how my local chain store is set up.) and are more likely to contain ingredients that you are not able to recognize or ingredients that you wouldn’t have in your kitchen.

Things like high-fructose corn syrup for example are obviously on the well-known, “processed food” ingredients item list. This is basically a sweetener added to nearly every canned good and processed pre-packaged ready to heat meal in a box a lot of families eat for lunch or serve their family when they are tired after a long day at work. It’s understandable, it’s cheap, easy and fast without that greasy bag on the counter to remind you that you just ate something you knew you shouldn’t.

Avoid…

Here’s a list of the top 10 worst processed foods to watch out for.

  1. Palm Oil
  2. Shortening
  3. White Processed Foods
  4. Corn Syrup
  5. Artificial Sweeteners
  6. Sodium Benzoate And Potassium Benzoate
  7. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
  8. Sodium Nitrates And Sodium Nitrites
  9. Blue, Green, Red, And Yellow Artificial Dyes
  10. MSG

So I know what you’re saying “I’m cooking at home, i’m using fresh ingredients and maybe I use a few cans as a short cut, or a marinara sauce for spaghetti.” Think about it. If you aren’t making every single aspect of the food from start to finish then you have no idea what is in your food.

Yes, that marinara sauce more than likely has some form of corn syrup in it even if you used a simple can of tomato sauce as a base, maybe even a red food dye. The rolls you got that you were going to use as garlic bread may have shortening in it. Not to mention the butter you were going to use to garlic toast it up probably came from cows riddled with hormones and antibiotics and chemicals that help them continue to produce milk when they aren’t supposed to. Be cautious about where the milk was sourced from and how they treat their livestock. Oh and let’s not forget the tin cans all of your vegetables you got may have BHA in them to keep them from going bad and they’ve just been in there soaking it up in that chemical soup bath.

Follow the links to learn more about each one of these typical food additives and how they impact your health in a negative way. Remember these ingredients next time you are at the grocery store. Hopefully we’ll all be making better choices when checking off items on the grocery list.

So what do you do?

Stay away from foods that you wouldn’t be able to produce or make yourself at home. Stick to unprocessed, natural foods, mostly found on the periphery of the grocery store, such as vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat and other single-ingredient foods.

I know I said previously that I’m going Vegetarian and hopefully Vegan by the end of 2017. Why would I mention you should eat meats and dairy? Because I’m not you, even though I’m going on this journey, I don’t expect you to emulate me. If you want to eat meat and dairy products, that’s up to you. If you want some encouragement to NOT eat these things, well you’re welcome to join me. I don’t want to be a preachy Vegan in the end and that starts with respecting others nutritional opinions and hopefully open a dialogue about why we do what we do and what evidence we have to support our decisions.

I would like to mention that one staple in my veganization of grocery line items I like to keep on hand is  Nutritional Yeast . This helps combat my cravings for cheese and I don’t think I’d be as strong in the fight without it. I’ll talk more about it and it’s uses in an upcoming post.

The Battle of The Mind – Why I’m Moving Forward with Cancer Ingredient Posts.

It’s amazing to think that organizations like the FDA, FTC would allow us to become inundated with products containing chemicals that are known to have real carcinogenic effects. Yet, this seems to be more and more what we find with the research starts digging into what we put in our bodies, our mouths, our clothes and our life’s conveniences. I remember once getting some social media backlash from an acquaintance about a post I had made that came from none other than David Avocado Wolfe. Yes, he’s a bit extreme sometimes and some of his claims are either personal or completely devoid of scientific evidence, like that mushrooms originated from outer-space for example. My problem at the time was that what I had posted about was simply related to known cancer research and the effects of certain items we come into contact with or consume like, milk and dairy products, that have been linked to certain types of cancer. Seemingly harmless info to pass along, but this guy proceeded to devalue it publicly on my social media page simply because of distribution source that was sited at the end of the video. It was a production of David Avocado Wolfe. He lumped anything that came from him as garbage.

Now this acquaintance was very smart, had a Master’s and a few other degrees I can’t recall right now. He was well spoken, very educated and in-the-know on a lot of goings on in the scientific, political and educational circles. He was also physically disabled. His mind was probably one of the strongest I’ve ever personally come across as far as intellectual capacity goes. With all of this though, comes complete skepticism of anything coming from a source he felt was tainted, so nothing of truth could possibly come from there right? I get the principle of “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.”, but he put full faith in the FDA and other government entities, as if they could do no wrong and their margins for error were thin. He cited their current so-called “allowances of PPM (parts-per-million)” or some such and the relation to that vs what’s considered safe. The FDA’s claims he cited countered the data showcased in the video by doing what most Western medicine does, treat the symptom not the cause. The claims were in regards to one or two items in the list of cancer causing daily use items, so it wasn’t the whole list, just a couple and again, not taking into consideration long-term accumulative effects, just the standards the FDA set for acceptable parts per million to be safe for consumption.

At the time I didn’t have the necessary research to support the video’s claims or at least sway the validity to win a healthy educated skeptical mind. I was also going through chemo and battling cancer so my thought process was not the sharpest. I had so much fight going on in other areas of my life, I just let that go. I let a few more things like this go, even with my sister who is a pharmacist and one of my nurses who balked at the idea of lowering sugar or using THC/CBD oil as an alternative to chemo, or increasing vitamin C to boost chemo or replace it all together. Again, educated minds set in their ways. This can sometimes be just as dangerous as an extreme religious organization teaching it’s members that science is of the world, therefore of the devil and is not to be trusted. We only know what the backers or certain sciences wanted to have researched. Following the money in this world is much like watching the hips of an opponent in any sport, neither can lie. These are the reasons I’ve decided to cover these topics. I know they are in the news, or on pinterest boards or in the media in passing. Those who haven’t suffered from cancer, hear it and move on. Even those who have loved ones going through it don’t or won’t take it seriously until it’s directly impacted them personally. It’s hard, I get it. I’m here to try to put it all in one place and hopefully help someone with the knowledge.

So here we go. The first in a long list of weekly if not daily blog-style articles I’ll be writing on the subject. I’m as healthy as I can hope to be now with the the “all-clear, cancer-free” assessment to date. Time to put it to good use.

Jason

 

 

 

Switching To A Plant Based Diet

Yup, you read that right. I’m attempting to go vegetarian, if not vegan this year. I’ve already made strides to cook healthier meals, cut out processed foods whenever I can and have stopped going out to eat. My girlfriend asked for an Instapot for Christmas and my santa delivered this year! It’s been amazing. Part of the reason most people don’t eat healthier is the time it takes to make some of the replacements for fast food. Not so with a pressure cooker like the Instapot. You may of heard of it in passing, or from someone at work, or a parent at your kids school or even a neighbor as the largest portion of advertisement for this product seems to be word of mouth. This thing has basically gone viral in the New Year’s resolutionists camp. Rice? Baked Potatoes? Oatmeal? Re-fried beans? quinoa? All can be made in or under 10 minutes each! That’s an hour to meal prep food bases that used to take all day Sunday. Okay so sounds like I’m being sponsored but I’m truly not. If Instapot wanted to throw two more my way though, I wouldn’t be mad, just sayin.

Also, I’ve decided to cover topics relating to common household objects, products, consumables, etc. that have credible links to cancer and how they play a part in the cancer epidemic. Slow and steady wins the race, and right now, cancer is slow and steady. One thing won’t hurt you, two things won’t hurt you, even three, four or even five may not hurt you, but hundreds of products you come into contact with every single day add up to a lot, especially for those of us with genetic expressions that can be teased out by the constant influx of carcinogenic products we used daily. So yeah here’s a brief list of things I’ll be trying to cover broken down by usage:

  1. Soaps, lotions, detergents and cleaning supplies
  2. Processed foods and ingredients found in commonly used, so-called, “healthy” shortcuts we see in home cooking.
  3. Cooking utensils and containers
  4. Drinks and flavor additives
  5. Clothing materials and how they are processed
  6. Scents, candles, oils
  7. Cosmetics
  8. Plastic, rubber, styro-foam
  9. Consumer advertising and the danger of handling heavily inked paper adverts

I’ll break it down further by covering a wide range of items based off an in-depth listing I’ll discuss in a previous posting for the week. I’d like to get better at my blogging and outreach as a cancer awareness advocate and I think this is a good first step. For those that don’t follow me on other social media platforms or weren’t involved with my gofundme campaign, I’m happy to report that I am, at the moment, cancer free!

 

Thanks again for all the support!

Jason