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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.

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