Avoid these foods if you've had breast cancer
If you're planning a breast cancer fundraiser this spring or summer, do yourself a favor.
Make sure it's not a barbecue!
I know it SOUNDS like a fun idea. But it turns out you could be undermining your own cause, as new research shows how barbecued, grilled, and smoked meats can KILL breast cancer survivors.
The problem isn't just the meat itself (although many of them aren't exactly the healthiest foods around).
It's the high heat, which can cause changes in the meat, creating and releasing toxic compounds -- including a few that are especially dangerous to both folks at risk of cancer and those who've already battled the disease.
These popular cooking techniques can cause compounds like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocyclic amines to form.
Those names might not mean much to you -- but they can actually alter your DNA in ways that can help fuel cancer.
And if you like your meat charred, they can form advanced glycation end products, a.k.a AGEs.
That's a perfect name for them, since that's what they do: They AGE you, from the inside, increasing your risk of chronic diseases, including cancer.
Put it all together, and you get what we see in the new study: Eating plenty of barbecued, grilled, and charred meats before a breast cancer diagnosis will increase your risk of death from any cause by 23 percent.
And if you keep eating those foods AFTER a cancer battle, your death risk will jump by nearly a third!
Smoked meats seem to bring their own set of problems: Not only will they increase your overall death risk by 17 percent, but they can also boost your odds of dying specifically of breast cancer by 23 percent.
It hardly seems fair, right?
You can survive a battle with this killer disease -- a fight that could bring you right to death's door and back again -- and you can survive the toxic treatments and all the debilitating side effects that come along for the ride.
You can survive it all -- only to be done in by a taste for brisket and sausage.
I realize quitting all these foods is a tall order. But if you can't give them up completely, do the next best thing: Cut WAY back.
Eat them just once or twice a year, and resist the temptation the rest of the time.