These common foods could give you stomach cancer

So many diet books have been written that you could fill a library with them – and most of the books would contradict each other, too.

But you don’t need to read a book to know what you should and shouldn’t eat. You don’t even need to read a pamphlet, because I can sum it up in a single sentence.

The more processed a food is, the more you should avoid it.

That’s not true 100 percent of the time. There are downright unhealthy natural foods – but for the most part, if you follow that single rule of thumb, you’ll avoid some of today’s leading killer diseases.

And the latest research shows how unhealthy processed foods can increase your risk of potentially deadly stomach cancer.

Every 1.8 ounces of processed meat you eat per day will increase your risk of cancer in the lower stomach by 18 percent.

Of course, few people eat just 1.8 ounces per day. That’s just two slices of bologna.

If you go by what’s REALLY on a typical sandwich, the risk is double, triple, or even quadruple that level.

And naturally, the risk also rises as you put on weight, with every five-point jump on the BMI chart increasing your risk of stomach cancer by 23 percent.

And finally, heavy drinking – three or more per day – will also increase your risk of stomach cancer.

The obvious answer is to watch your processed food, keep your waistline under control, and limit your alcohol.

I’m sure you already knew that.

But what you might not realize is that these three risk factors are so powerful that they’re responsible for 1 in every 7 cases of stomach cancer, according to the new study.

We could literally wipe out nearly 15 percent of all stomach cancers overnight if people would just eat a little better and drink a little less!

The sad reality is that the number of cancers will probably grow, because too many people don’t get serious about their health until it’s too late.

Don’t be one of them.

Make the switch today to a diet of natural foods. Just watch out when you’re shopping, as the word “natural” used on so many food packages doesn’t always mean what you think it does.

It’s a completely unregulated word, used and abused to the point where it has no meaning at all.

Generally, if it comes in a package at all, there’s probably some amount of processing involved no matter what words are screaming at you from the label.

Your best bet is to “shop the perimeter.” That means avoiding the aisles, where all the processed foods are, and sticking to the edges, where you’ll generally find the fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat selections. Just beware of the deli counter, because those sliced meats are just as processed as the ones wrapped in plastic in the refrigerated aisle.

Once you commit to a back-to-basics lifestyle, you’ll find it’s pretty easy to make a wide range of delicious meals with just these basic ingredients.

Give it a shot. You’ll lose weight, eat better and live longer.