Pitaya is a tropical fruit that’s often used to make smoothies, guacamole, and smoothie pops. But these low-acid fruits are also rich in vitamin C and can be easily transformed into a potentially deadly cancerous tumor. A pitaya fruit tumor can appear anywhere on the fruit’s surface including the pit, skin, or flesh. The tumor is most commonly found in the breast but can also appear in the skin of the hands, ears, or face.
Pitaya is also known to contain high levels of another powerful cancer-causing compound called benzyl isothiocyanate. The chemical imparts a distinctive, sweet, and pungent scent when burned. It’s found in a number of other foods, including kiwi and garlic.
The American Cancer Society recommends that you limit your intake of pitaya to just one serving per week and that you only eat pitaya with your hands.
Grapefruit is a tart and juicy citrus fruit that’s found in juice, drinks, and recipes. But the fruit also contains high levels of another cancer-causing chemical called p-cresol. This chemical is found in high concentrations in the skin of the fruit, which makes it a potential cancer risk and is particularly dangerous for women.
P-cresol is also found in other foods, including coffee, red wine, and beer. It has been linked to a number of birth defects and cancers in humans.
The American Cancer Society recommends that you only eat raw, organic grapefruit. You should also only drink grapefruit juice, not grapefruit soda or juice.
Cabbage is a leaf vegetable that’s found in both savory and sweet dishes. Cabbage is a rich source of a powerful type of plant chemical called indole-3carbinol. The chemical imparts a nutty flavor but is also known to cause skin and bladder cancer.
According to the CDC, eating a lot of cabbage can be associated with a higher risk of cancer. Cabbage is also high in nitrate, which is a common food additive. It’s been linked to a number of cancers, including those of the skin, bladder, and uterus.
The American Cancer Society notes that only eat raw, organic cabbage, and avoid buying pre-packaged canned or frozen cabbage.
Hazelnuts are a popular food that’s often used in baked goods, candy, and sauces. But the nuts are also a great source of hesperetin, a chemical that’s also known to cause liver cancer.
Hesperetin is a natural chemical found in the skin of hazelnuts. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), eating large amounts of hesperetin can also cause bladder cancer.
The NCI recommends that you buy organic hesperetin and use it in cooking.
Eggplant is a popular summer vegetable that’s usually found in Asian dishes. But the vegetable also contains a potent type of plant chemical called aflatoxin. The chemical is very dangerous for humans and is also often found in animal feed.
AFB is a carcinogenic chemical found in animal feed that’s converted into aflatoxin by mold. According to the NCI, eating a lot of aflatoxin can cause a number of cancers, including liver, skin, and lung cancer.
The NCI recommends that you only eat organic eggplant, and that you only eat eggplant that’s been pasteurized. You should also be careful to wash your hands after handling eggplant and to wash all the cooking utensils you use with hot, soapy water.
Cherry is another high-acid fruit that’s often used to make smoothies, drinks, and guacamole. But the tart and juicy fruit is also a potential cancer risk. The chemical that’s responsible for this risk is called naringenin.
Naringenin is a chemical that’s a common flavor additive in foods and beverages. It has been tied to a number of different cancers, including those of the stomach, esophagus, breast, and bladder.
According to the NCI, eating a lot of cherries can be associated with a higher risk of cancer. You should only eat cherries that are organic and that have not been exposed to pesticides.
Grapefruit juice cancer
Grapefruit juice is another citrus fruit that’s often used in drinks and recipes. But the juice can also be a source of powerful cancer-causing chemicals.
The chemical that’s responsible for this risk is called p-cresol. According to the NCI, eating a lot of grapefruit juice can be linked to an increased risk of liver cancer.
The NCI recommends that you limit your intake of grapefruit juice to just one eight-ounce glass per day.
Pineapple is another fruit that’s used in drinks and smoothies. But it’s also a rich source of another powerful cancer-causing chemical called benzopyrene. This chemical is found in the skin of pineapples and is very dangerous for people who have been exposed to it.
Benzopyrene is a type of carcinogenic chemical that’s often found in cigarette smoke. It’s been linked to a number of cancers, including those of the lung, esophagus, pancreas, and bladder.
According to the NCI, eating a lot of pineapples can be associated with a higher risk of cancer. You should only eat pineapples that are organic and that have not been exposed to pesticides.
Mushrooms are a popular addition to meals throughout the world. But the fruiting bodies that naturally grow on the earth are also rich sources of a powerful type of plant chemical called mycotoxin.
Mycotoxins are fungal byproducts that are produced by molds that can cause serious health issues, including cancer. Mycotoxins are found in a number of different foods, including wine and cereals.
According to the NCI, eating a lot of mushrooms can be linked to a higher risk of cancer. You should eat mushrooms that have not been exposed to fungicides or sprays.
Peppermint is a plant that’s traditionally used in candy, beverages, and baked goods. But the leaves and seeds of the plant can also be a source of powerful cancer-causing chemicals.
The risk of cancer from eating certain foods is real. If you eat a lot of foods with a high cancer risk, it’s possible that you could develop cancer. But you should only eat these foods in small amounts and always cook your food at home.
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