Hotdogs Linked to Leukemia Risk

Last year, it was discovered processed meats and cheese speed up the growth of lung cancer tumors. And now, new research in BMC Cancer found children who consume cured meats, like hotdogs and bacon, were 74% more likely to develop leukemia. It’s believed nitrites, which build up in cured and smoked meats, amplify cancer-risk. Conversely, researchers suggest the potent antioxidants in vegetables and soy foods may help protect against cancer; Reuters reports.

Not surprising, Dr. Fuhrman considers processed meat, like luncheon meat, as one of the worst meat options available and discourages eating them, especially expectant mothers. Women who eat hotdogs while pregnant put their child at risk for brain tumors later in life.

And other research has shown diets high in saturated fat, i.e. meat, increase the progression of prostate cancer, while eating lots of fruits and vegetables stomps breast cancer risk!

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White Bread and Double Stuff Oreos...

A couple times a week I go to the store on my way into work, usually to reload on avocados, since they take a few days to ripen. Anyway, I finished my shopping and got on line at the register. A second later, a lady gets behind me and starts unloading her basket. I didn’t think anything of it.

Right away, an acquaintance recognizes her and the two start chatting. Mid-conversation I hear this, “Oh nothing. I just ran in. Buying some lunch for the kids.” On the register was a bag of white bread, two packages of double-stuffed Oreos, a box of saltines and roast beef and turkey cold cuts.

Now, say what you want about cold cuts, like how you shouldn’t eat them if you’re pregnant and that they were recently blamed for a listeria outbreak, but Oreos, white bread and crackers! Listen, I’m no doctor. I’m not a nutritionist. I’m just an idiot, but even I know, that’s a horrible lunch, for anyone!

I didn’t say anything. I didn’t care that much, still don’t. But the lack of nutrition in her purchase gave me the chills. If that’s lunch, what the heck is dinner? McDonald’s and Taco Bell with a side of Wendy’s!

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