5 Foods With Carcinogens To Avoid Right Now Because Who Needs 'Em

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When considering the nutritional value of our meals, we have been trained to pay close attention to numbers such as fat content and calories. What we don’t often think about is if there is something in our food that could be causing us cancer. Substances that can lead to cancer are called carcinogens, and you may be surprised to find out that these harmful chemicals can be found in your everyday foods.

Carcinogens enter your diet through the way your food is processed, environmental exposures, and even certain types of packaging. “The safest way to [avoid carcinogens] is to buy organic whole foods and cook them yourself,” says Susan Machtinger, RD.

Because no one wants to consume cancer-causing chemicals, we’ve come up with a list of five ways that carcinogens could be making their way into your food.

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