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Infographic Ruins Our Favorite Childhood Foods by Linking them to Cancer

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We know, we know, we know. Preservatives are bad for us. Our snack food is saturated with chemicals. If we keep eating pesticides our organs will turn into cancerous lumps of toxic goo . . . or something like that. We’ll be honest, we’ve never really listened to the health food lecture because that double sleeve of Oreos just kept calling our name. Besides, how much damage could a few cookies and some artificial food coloring actually do? Turns out, kind of a lot of damage. Like, big, cancer-causing, brain-toxifying, you’re-really-gonna-need-that-health-insurance damage. And American kids are ingesting more and more of it every day.

The organization Healthy Child broke down exactly how much of our food contains additives and chemicals, how many of our plate-bound farm animals are fed manure and plastic, and explains why the oranges in our orange juice were probably bathed in acid. Let’s just say it’s not exactly uplifting.

By the time you get to the bottom of the infographic and see how many of your favorite childhood foods are linked to cancer or neurodevelopmental deficits, you’ll probably just want to lock yourself in a room with some organic kale and cry until it’s all over. But just remember that pretty much everything (including boba) has been linked to cancer. It can’t hurt to keep track of the more chemically laden foods in our diets, but a few cookies or acid-bathed oranges probably won’t kill you any more than breathing the air in most major cities will.

Peep the infographic below (click for larger view):

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H/T HealthyChild

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Health

Substance Found in Celery and Parsley Can Fight Cancer

In the battle against cancer, it’s good to know what can and cannot help you prevent it. Cause let’s face it, everything gives you cancer nowadays. In this case, studies show that a substance known as apigenin, which can be found in celery and parsley, is known to help in a substantial way in cases of breast cancer.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri showed that apigenin is known to slow and reduce the production of cancer cells.

According Salman Hyder, professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, who co-authored the study:

“We do know that apigenin slowed the progression of human breast cancer cells in three ways: by inducing cell death, by inhibiting cell proliferation, and by reducing expression of a gene associated with cancer growth. Blood vessels responsible for feeding cancer cells also had smaller diameters in apigenin-treated mice compared to untreated mice. Smaller vessels mean restricted nutrient flow to the tumors and may have served to starve the cancer as well as limiting its ability to spread.”

A group of mice that were specially bred for this study were implanted specifically with breast-cancer cells. Then the mice were divided up with some given medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) and others given apigenin. The group of mice that received MPA developed tumor growth, while the others given apigenin actually caused tumors to decrease in size.

The rest of the study published can be found in the journal Hormones and Cancer.

via: Huffington Post and MU News Bureau

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Health

Pepsi and Coca-Cola Evading Cancer Warning Label, Here is How

As a result of a California law, both PepsiCo Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. have been making efforts to change the way their caramel coloring is used in their sodas to circumvent having to display cancer warning labels on their packages.

CBS News points a recent report from the consumer watchdog Center for Science in the Public Interest finds that Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Dr. Pepper (Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc) and 365 Cola (Whole Foods) contain “unsafe levels of the coloring Ingredient, 4-methylimidazole or 4-MI.”

The findings are no joke, with the group estimating that “the amount of 4-MI in the Coke and Pepsi products tested causes nearly 15,000 cancers among Americans.”

So per California law, Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. said that their caramel coloring now meet standard, as well as product put out by Coca-Cola Co.

The California Law in question, California Prop 65, calls for the publication of a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. As such, warning labels would be forced onto products containing certain levels of these chemicals.

Before we take out our machetes and bazookas and storm the headquarters of our local 4-MI distributors (bad joke), a spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration noted that a consumer would to have down more than 1,000 cans of soda a day to reach the doses administered to rodents that showed links to cancer.

Gizmodo courts the idea further: who’s trivializing the situation more? Should we be concerned that these major soda brands are simply reducing the amount of this carcinogenic ingredient, and not eliminating it completely?

When the FDA spokesperson tells you that you need 1,000 cans in a day to even get a possible effect, let’s not discredit the amount of people in our group of friends and family who might be consuming 1,000 cans of soda in a given year. Yes, there might be the other health problems that will attack you if you’re downing thousands of cans of coke a year, but it’s all worthwhile information to think about.

Lastly, it looks like The American Beverage Association defends Coca-Cola and Pepsi’s decision. Coca-Cola seemingly dismisses the findings, calling the warning they would possibly be subjected to as “scientifically unfounded.”

The corporations’ main claim is that these studies seem to offer no evidence of health risks to humans (lab rats aren’t humans…or are they?).

This fight isn’t over.

Better question is, will you still be drinking your caramel-colored carbonated beverages? What’s your stance?

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Hit-Or-Miss

Carcinogens Found in Chinese Milk

A milk scare has hit the country of China as the China Mengniu Dairy Co. discovered carcinogens in their milk products. The company destroyed the milk products, but the scare is very real. Government safety inspectors found milk with the chemical aflatoxin in a plant in China’s Sichuan province. Aflatoxin is known to be a cancerous toxin.

A spokesperson for Mengniu issued an apology and an assurance that they have destroyed the contaminated milk products before they hit the shelves.

[via: Wall Street Journal Online]

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Chef who Lost Stomach to Cancer Writes His Own Cookbook

Hans Rueffert was diagnosed with stomach cancer. The rising star that competed in the very first season of The Next Food Network Star was set to have it all. But once the doctors told him the news, it all changed.

Hans was facing a two percent chance of survival. Doctors told the young chef that he would lose his ability to eat food. The cancer had already spread to his esophagus and in the first surgery, the top portion of Hans’ stomach was removed as well as the majority of his esophagus. A second surgery was required that resulted in him losing the rest of his stomach and 95 percent of his esophagus.

Though the treatment saved his life, it cost him his stomach.

Through his treatments, Hans wrote a cookbook entitled: Eat Like There’s No Tomorrow. The cookbook contains healthy recipes accompanied by pictures taken by his wife Amy. It also includes personal essay about family, illness, and food.

via: Huffington Post

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Fight Cancer with Broccoli and Spice

Raw broccoli contains a substance called myrosinase which converts to sulforaphane, a cancer fighter, when eaten. But how many of us wants to eat raw broccoli, ehh? Steaming broccoli for more than 4 minutes greatly depreciates the amount of myrosinase, so how can we get more out of what we’re eating? Adding other vegetables that also contain myrosinase such as radishes, cabbage, arugula, watercress, or brussel sprouts will increase the myrosinase content. But try adding spicy foods such as wasabi, mustard, or horseradish. It actually creates some type of cosmic synergy that makes more sulforaphane than either does on their own. Now if this worked with Sriracha too, it might be the cure for cancer that we’re looking for.

[via i09.com]

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Top 5 Worst Value Meal Items

Rank

Worst Value Menu Item

Fast-Food Restaurant

1

Junior Bacon Cheeseburger

Jack in the Box

2

Cheesy Double Beef Burrito

Taco Bell

3

Breakfast Sausage Biscuit

Burger King

4

McDouble

McDonald’s

5

Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger

Wendy’s

The past few months our country has seen some tough economic times, and as a result, fast food sales, especially the value menus available at some of our favorite chains have seen an increase in attention. The Cancer Project isn’t taking too kindly to this spike in value meal consumption, and has made readily available their own list (shown above) of the top 5 worst value menu items for your health. The article covers some alternatives at the drive-thru, especially steering clear of always ordering cheeseburgers and opting for some more vegetarian options. Eat on!