Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oat Sourdough and Top 10 Foods That Increase Cancer Risk

Mexican style potatoes, bacon and beans
Food Diary (June 27, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with strawberries, coconut and sunflower seeds
Lunch: Mexican style potatoes, bacon and beans
Dinner: Oat sourdough with pickled herring and onions

The Mexican style potatoes, bacon and beans was prepared simply with spicy tomato sauce. Simple and delicious.

Today's Favourite Photo
Source: Sparklette

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Care2
Todays favourite blog has an enlightening article titled “Top 10 Foods That Increase Cancer Risk”. There are so many foods which are considered bad and if we had to follow all the recommendations on what to eat and what to avoid our life would be pretty dull. Anyway it is good to keep such information at the back of our head and where practical to try to follow it. The 10 foods are:

1. All charred food, which create heterocyclic aromatic amines, known carcinogens. Even dark toast is suspect.
2. Well-done red meat. Medium or rare is better, little or no red meat is best.
3. Sugar, both white and brown–which is simply white sugar with molasses added.
4. Heavily salted, smoked and pickled foods, which lead to higher rates of stomach cancer.
5. Sodas/soft drinks, which pose health risks, both for what they contain–sugar and various additives–and for what they replace in the diet–beverages and foods that provide vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
6. French fries, chips and snack foods that contain trans fats.
7. Food and drink additives such as aspartame.
8. Excess alcohol.
9. Baked goods, for the acrylamide.
10. Farmed fish, which contains higher levels of toxins such as PCBs.

I was surprised to see dark toast sneaking in. 

Baked goods seem a bit broad and unfortunately there is no explanation given. I wonder if baked fish would be considered acceptable, it should be in my opinion but we never know what the scientists are thinking.


  1. Thanks for visiting my blog and for the very nice comment. Your blog is very interesting…enjoyed looking through some of your posts.

  2. I gotta watch my back from TOAST now!? Scandal.

  3. That is an interesting list. It makes me glad my husband talked me into the plain water today instead of the flavored, sugar free water.

  4. Oh that list is depressing. So many good things on there. Sigh. Your potatoes look tasty!

  5. Your lunch looks simple and delicious! We do our best to prevent from having cancers I guess. But I love burnt stuff from bread an oven baked stuff...

  6. Lunch sounds good! I guess I just love anything with bacon in it. Well, I'm beyond help now, my doctor told me all the stuff that I like to eat are bad for me. :(

  7. Kathy: thank you

    Parsley sage: yes it seems to be a bit of a scandal!

    Angela: Good to hear

    kristy: yes unfortunately many good things are in the list:(

    Nami: I agree, burnt/charred stuff is delicious. I was really surprised to see toast being mentioned in the article

    Maris: you are most welcome

    ping: change your doctor:)

  8. An interesting post! Very informative.



  9. The Mexican style potatoes look very simple and very good! Bacon and potatoes is good whatever the "style" ;-)
    By the way, instead of fried rice, i made oyakodon yesterday... I wanted the rice and the egg and somehow I remembered I loved it!
    What always makes me angry in such "cancer" lists is they never mention the food with which we were brainwashed as the healthy one... I am sure overdose of carrots or other vegetables provokes cancer. On the other hand someone has to pay for the tests and research and I have heard certain types of research don't have funds because it's uncomfortable for the politicians or for big rich companies don't like it...
    I must proudly say I rarely eat farmed fish :-) (Only scallops and prawns which are not fish... but maybe they count too).
    As for the sugar... The light brown sugar I buy in Switzerland is described as unrefined brown sugar (no additives), while the French brown sugar has often a mention "molasses added" or "coloured with molasses" etc. The French one tastes almost like white sugar.
    I have to go deeper into this question...

  10. I knew about these top 10- even the toast. Its the burned/black part that really should not be injested- however-that's not to say every once in awhile won't do much to ya (theoretically!)

    everything in moderation- even burnt toast.

  11. The Mexican potato looks simple and very tasty! oh man..i love char grilled stuff..

    p.s Dinkel is the German term for spelt.

  12. Wow that top 10...I feel like I eat a lot of that (though fortunately no red meat). I'm so confused about aspartame. The official position which we all know is not necessarily right is that it's fine in moderation, so I wonder what studies are the basis of it being on this list.

  13. thanks for sharing this important info!

  14. Sissi: I agree, I think any food in excess has its negative effects, even healthy foods like carrots. Funding for research is a big issue, and it also affects the independence of studies. Unfortunately thats the way things work. I think I remember reading that there is no study linking saturated fat consumption to heart problems!

    bhealthy: I was eating a burnt toast as I summarised the article:) Only the edges were burnt though!

    Angie: thank you

    Xialou: There seems to be many conflicting studies. I suppose even bad stuff in moderation is probably OK

    Simply life: you are welcome

  15. That is a really informative top 10. Thanks for sharing!

  16. It also explains why people learnt only recently that hydrogenated fat (e.g. margarine) is not really a wonder food... The producers' lobby is huge here!!!
    I have also seen once a very interesting program about Finland. There was a man who tries to fight against full fat milk distribution in schools since there are so many fat children and apparently the milk producers' lobby is so strong (I don't know why but they prefer selling full fat than skimmed milk) that the government and ministries kept on refusing to take this decision and distribute skimmed milk. I hope it has changed since then.