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7 Foods We Know Cause Cancer, But We Keep On Eating Anyway

It can be hard to change your eating habits even when you know something is bad for you, but some foods might be more harmful than they are worth. Whether it's your favorite drink, or your favorite treat, it can be hard to hear that your guilty pleasures may actually cause an increase in your risk of developing cancer.

Scientists have been looking into the common links between people who have been diagnosed with cancer, and certain foods seem to keep popping up. We all are guilty of eating foods we know that are bad for us, but how much of them are you consuming? These are the 7 foods that are most often linked to cancer, see if your favorite is on the list.

1. Soda

Sure, we know it's bad for our diets, but did you realize that it can to lead to a higher risk of cancer? There are a lot of artificial colors and chemicals that have each been linked to different cancers, not to mention that the high acidity can cause inflammation and gastro-esophageal reflux disease.

2. Potato Chips

The artificial preservative called Acrylamide is a carcinogen, which is the same one that is found in cigarettes. So along with the high fat content and sodium we all know chips have, the carcinogens can increase your risk of cancer.

3. Processed Meats

Processed meats like hot dogs, bacon and deli meats contain a significant amount of chemicals and preservatives that have been found to increase the risk of cancer in several studies.

Unfortunately those aren't the only foods that have been linked to cancer...

4. Canned Tomatoes


BPA, otherwise known as bisphenol-a has been the topic of a lot of conversations over the last few years. It has been found to alter the brain chemistry and the FDA would like it out of food containers. The reason why it affects tomatoes the most is because they are so acidic that they tend to cause it to leach the BPA out of the can.

5. Microwave Popcorn

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The popcorn itself isn't the problem, it's actually the bag that it comes in. The bags are lined with a chemical called perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA) and it is often linked to infertility, as well as an increased risk of liver, bladder, kidney and testicular cancer.

6. French Fries

Even though we all love them, french fries are really not good for us. The trans fats and salt can raise your blood pressure and can lead to obesity. They also contain that same chemical preservative, acrylamide, that is linked to cancer.

7. Artificial Sweeteners

Aspartame is found in most "diet" products because it tastes like sugar but without the calories. There is evidence that these artificial sweeteners break down in your body by creating a toxin called DXP which has been linked to brain tumors.

It's hard to hear that your favorite foods are so bad for you, but it's better to know while you still have a chance to modify your eating habits. Make sure you eat everything in moderation, and try to find the healthy alternatives to your favorite treats.

Tanya has been writing for Shared for two years. She spends too much time thinking about dogs, Marvel movies, and ice cream. You can reach me at