Doctor says 'oh my gosh' as it's revealed what supermarket foods packed with chemicals

Popular foods which are likely to lead to cancer have been listed by a health expert. Dr Mindy Pelz revealed three 'risky' foods whilst speaking on the popular podcast Diary Of A CEO.

Responding to host Steven Bartlett, Dr Pelz said people should stay away from big foods such as processed meat, sugar and oils. Bartlett asked "Are there foods that you consider to be cancer feeding?"

As reported by GloucestershireLive, Dr Pelz said how eating processed meats contained "chemicals" and a study appeared to show that people had a "higher" risk of leukaemia if they eat them consistory during a week's period, reports GloucestershireLive. "Processed meats have chemicals in them," she said.

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Dr Pelz referenced a study that linked cancer and processed meats, explaining: "I don't want to misquote the study, but the general theme was when you had processed meats consistently throughout a week, you had a higher case of leukaemia." In terms of sugar and 'toxic' oils, the expert said: "The sugar cereals are packed with - chemicals, toxic oils - and donuts, juice boxes, yoghurts... Oh, my gosh."

Sugar itself is not considered carcinogenic. But, consuming too much sugar, especially in processed drinks and foods, can lead to obesity, a significant risk factor for cancer.

Going into more detail, she said: "All those things I just mentioned are obesogens." When asked by Bartlett what an obesogen is, the doctor explained: "Obesogens turn our stem cells into fat cells... a stem cell is a cell that can go anywhere in the body, and it can repair anything.

"It can make anything. So it's like a universal cell. It can do anything. It can make an eyeball. It can make an an ankle. You have a tonne of them when you're little and you lose them after about 30, you don't lose them completely, but you start to get less of them."

However, the more obesogens there are in your body, Dr Pelz says the more they will reprogram stem cells and turn them into fat cells. "These massive influxes of chemicals is contributing to obesity - and specifically in a younger generation," she warned.

It is well-established that there is a strong connection between obesity and the risk of developing cancer. Studies have demonstrated that having too much body fat can elevate the chances of getting various types of cancer, such as colorectal, breast (post-menopausal), uterine, oesophageal, kidney, and pancreatic cancers.

According to Cancer Research UK, being overweight and obese is the second biggest cause of cancer in the UK – causing more than one in 20 cancer cases. The risk is higher the more overweight you are and the longer you are overweight for.

A spokesperson said: "Extra fat in the body doesn’t just sit there, it's active and send out signals to the rest of your body. These signals can tell cells in our body to divide more often, which can lead to cancer.

"The signals released by fat cells can affect growth hormones and sex hormones. As well as inflammation as immune cells go to areas of the body where there are lots of fat cells. This can lead to inflammation, which causes cells to divide quicker. Over time, this can increase the risk of cancer."

Keeping a healthy weight reduces the risk of 13 different types of cancer. Dr Pelz says there are ways to actively decrease the amount of obesogens entering your body - simply by reading ingredient labels on food.

"So the first thing I do on every anything that's packaged is I go straight to the ingredients - and this is so easy," she said. "All you've got to do is look at those ingredients and ask yourself, 'do I know every single one of those ingredients?'

"And if you don't, entertain yourself and go look them up. I actually did this with my nephew years ago. He brought me some frozen waffles... he started to read and he couldn't get through like the third ingredient, it was a chemical."

Dr Peltz said after she asked her nephew to look the chemical up on the internet, he found it is a cancer causing chemical. "I said, 'yeah, you're right, it is,'" she added.

"What's happening is that these chemicals are allowed in our food that promote disease. And so then once you have that idea and you know the ingredients are the most important and you follow, is it a chemical? Is it a real food? Then the next thing you can do is really stay away from anything with an ingredient label."