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All Food Ingredients Linked To Cancer, But Researchers Say Don’t Worry Evidence is Weak

Marco Torres, Prevent Disease
Waking Times

There is evidence linking almost every food or ingredient to cancer, but according to researchers, there’s no need to worry because the evidence for pretty much all of it is very weak they say.

Not a week goes by without a new research finding that links part of our diet to an increased risk of some form of cancer, and researchers want us to ignore all these findings because they claim they’re based on weak statistical evidence.

So apparently we should casually mull over all the information we now have on genetically modified foods, artificial flavours, colors, preservatives, emulsifiers, and sweeteners.

Every single artificial flavor and color in the food industry has some kind of detrimental health effect. These include neurotoxicity, organ, developmental, reproductive toxicity and cancer. Ignore them.

Genetically modified (GM) foods causes allergies, organ damage, cancer, immunotoxicty, and damaging transgenes which affect future generations. No problem, no worries.

Artificial preservatives are responsible for causing a host of health problems pertaining to respiratory tract, heart, blood and other. Some are very neurotoxic especially when combined with specific nutrients. Ignore that too.

Sweeteners such as Neotame are thousands of times sweeter than sugar. They are all very potent, neurotoxic, immunotoxic and excitotoxic, but according to researchers there’s no strong evidence.

So What Did They Find? 

Researchers in the USA set out to see whether, in fact, all foods have been studied for their effectiveness at curing or causing cancer.

The research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, took a random sample of 50 foods and ingredients and searched the academic literature to see whether research studies had associated them with cancer risk.

Led by John Ioannidis at Stanford Prevention Research Center, USA, the research team found that 80% of their sample food recipes had been studied in regard to their relationship to cancer, “and the large majority of these studies were interpreted by their authors as offering evidence for increased or decreased risk of cancer.”

“However, the vast majority of these claims were based on weak statistical evidence,” said the research team.

“We have seen a very large number of studies, just too many studies, suggesting that they had identified associations with specific food ingredients with cancer risk,” said Ioannidis.

Food industry champions playing the public relations game with very informed consumers are now having to back peddle and go on damage control.

“People get scared or they think that they should change their lives and make big decisions, and then things get refuted very quickly,” he told Reuters Health. “There’s very strong evidence, and pretty strong expectation, that some nutrients in some foods would be related to cancer risk – either protecting or increasing the risk – but it’s very hard to believe that almost anything would be associated with cancer.”

Study Details

The research team selected 50 foods and food ingredients at random and then assessed whether the academic literature from the previous 35 years provided a suggestion of any link to cancer risk.

“We surveyed recently published studies and meta-analyses that addressed the potential association between a large random sample of food ingredients and cancer risk of any type of malignancy,” the researchers wrote.

The team found that 40 out of their 50 sample foods had been linked to cancer in some way — with half having more than 10 studies reporting on such risks.

Those ingredients linked to cancer were: veal, salt, pepper spice, flour, egg, bread,pork, butter, tomato, lemon, duck, onion, celery, carrot, parsley, mace, sherry, olive, mushroom, tripe, milk, cheese, coffee, bacon, sugar, lobster, potato, beef, lamb, mustard, nuts, wine, peas, corn, cinnamon, cayenne, orange, tea, rum, and raisin.

“These ingredients studied include many of the most common sources of vitamins and nutrients,” said the team, while they noted that the 10 ingredients for which a cancer association was not identified were generally more obscure: bay leaf, cloves, thyme, vanilla, hickory, molasses, almonds, baking soda, ginger, and terrapin.

“We should acknowledge that our searches for eligible studies were not exhaustive,” said Ioannidis and his colleagues.

“Covering the entire nutritional epidemiology literature would be impossible.”

The team added that the interest in linking food and food ingredients to cancer has grown rapidly in recent years, with around 85% of all scientific studies on food and cancer occurring between 2000 and 2011.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.

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  • canisvoda

    cancer has been around since the beginnings of life…even non-human animals get it. Perhaps cancer exists to keep a species’ population at sustainable numbers? And by “cancer”, which of the hundreds of kinds of cancers are we talking about? Life causes cancer. That’s it.

  • NipponReptilian

    I would like to inform you that the main ingradient of chemotherapy is MUSTARD GAS!!!

    From chemotherapy Wiki

    “The first use of drugs to treat cancer was in the early 20th century, although it was not originally intended for that purpose. Mustard gas was used as a chemical warfare agent during World War I and was discovered to be a potent suppressor of hematopoiesis (blood production). A similar family of compounds known as nitrogen mustards were studied further during World War II at Yale University…”

    Do you think MUSTARD GAS (chemotherapy) can cure you body??? They just would love to kill you.

  • gintaras

    I am speechless at this shameless propaganda from the medical industry. Cancer has now been studied using modern science for 50 years – repeat 50 years – half a century, and the medical industry would have us believe we are still clueless, helpless, and hopeless. Truth is cancer is well understood including the cure, but unfortunately the scientific answer does not offer a path to patents, so nutrition based treatment is not only ignored but will get you thrown in jail – medical fascism! I know – I worked for oncologist – they are more concerned with billing opportunities than anything else. To say I have contempt for doctors and their industry is the understatement of the decade. So think about it – 50 years! either they are incompetent or running a long lasting scam.

  • Simplest advice: if your great-grandparents did not eat it, do not eat it either. Neuroprotective advice: eat a low carb / high fat diet, aka, ketogenic diet. Much neurodegeneration is caused by energy starvation. Neurons can metabolize ketones when glucose is unavailable. Ketogenic diets, especially using coconut oil, have helped those suffering from epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. Dietary DHA and phospholipids are also essential to brain health.

    • gintaras

      Excellent advice. I would just like to add that a ketogenic diet using coconut oil can also be very helpful for kidney disease. I have cured several elderly cat friends this way. Note that another a good oil to use is MCT oil – it is liquid at room temp and very digestible – you can get MCT oil from the NOW company.

  • Tom

    It has simply gotten to the point where we must avoid all mass produced food – anything with an ingredient list. Whole, plant-based, organically grown (or self grown) food is the only way to eat once you start to go down this rabbit hole. Go vegan, eat very low fat and very low protein (80/10/10 or close to it) is about the best we can do.

    • Informed Voter

      If you carefully read this article it is worded to provoke a predetermined response. Guess which response? Here is the exact wording the nullifies the entire article including the title:

      “and the large majority of these studies were interpreted by their authors as offering evidence for increased or decreased risk of cancer.”

      In other words, they say these foods are “Linked to Cancer” but in no way specify that there is evidence for increased or decreased risk. What a bunch of nonsense. They say this to say what?

      I know what… to confuse. All related industries are completely corrupt. The bottom line is that eating healthy non-GMO organic whole foods will heal the body. Not harm. Stay away from preserved, microwaved and fast food. Refrain from eating sugar and sweets. Stay away from anything hydrogenated. Watch out for foods labeled with terms like ‘Natural Flavorings” which is code for MSG. Read and research for yourself. The internet is a disinformation armpit.

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