Processed meats such as bacon, sausages, hot dogs, pepperoni, prosciutto, beef jerky and salami (any meat that has been preserved by curing, salting or smoking, or by adding chemical preservatives). Alcoholic beverages and salted fish (Chinese sty
The bright looking piece of laddu that you bought the other day, might have a much more negative impact on your health than just adding some extra calories. While we live in an era, where availing information on anything hardly takes any time, a lot of people still consume the unhealthiest food mindlessly. We judge the freshness of food with parameters based on aesthetics such as its color, shine, texture, etc. Though this is not completely wrong, solely relying on these parameters might lead us to consume food with carcinogenic elements in it. Therefore, we need to be extremely cautious while making food choices.
Majority of people get attracted to lustrous or brightly colored food such as sweets, noodles, popsicles and especially, fruits and vegetables. However, most of the coloring components used in local markets are legally banned for edible usage due to their carcinogenic nature. Thereby, it is imperative for people to strongly discourage the use of such coloring agents by restaurants, food corners or even at home.
Sausages and salamis (Processed food)
A recent trend of packages/processed/ready-to-eat food has been noticed in India. As per a report by WHO, overconsumption of such food is also reported to increase the risk of cancer by almost 18%. While, they might be easy to prepare and less time consuming, processed foods immensely harm the body in different ways. Packaged food can never be compared to a freshly prepared dish at home, neither in terms of hygiene nor nutrition. A lot of people complain of gastric problems, indigestion, acid reflux and more due to processed food.
We Indians relish fried food, but we hardly consider what goes behind the preparation. Most of the outlets re-use oil for frying instead of discarding used oil. Such usage oil is toxic due to the rancidity in it and is associated with causing serious health disorders like heart diseases, neurological disorders, and cancer. It is only wise for people to opt for certified food outlets and prefer extremely low consumption.
Mono Sodium Glutamate
A lot of us are aware that Chinese salt or Ajinomoto is a commonly used condiment in Chinese food. However, this again belongs to the category of banned food products in India, still is widely used across all states in the nation. Unfortunately, people are not much aware of the harmful effects of MSG or neglect it so that their food tastes better. We must take great caution in using such products because ultimately, we are buying disease for ourselves and our loved ones.
Cold drinks are a must thing in all parties these days, but people would be shocked to know that according to a report published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggested that men who drink one can of soda per day are 40% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. This risk is highest for men over the age of 45. Not only they increase your chances of having cancer, but their daily consumption might also lead to other serious medical conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes, liver damage, and even premature aging.
It is never late to be aware and mindful of what we consume and how it might shape our health in the long run. Usage of artificial taste enhancers and chemicals should be significantly restricted if the complete exclusion is not possible.
(About the author: Dr. Meenu Walia, Director-Medical Oncology & Haematology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Vaishali)
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