The process in which meats like sausage, bacon, ham, and salami are preserved can lead to the development of nitrites, compounds that have been found that increase the risk of colon and other cancers, mentions Gaudet. ACS guidelines suggest limiting the consumption of processed meats in your diet.
When it comes to booze, it really comes down to quantity over quality. “There are strong links to increased risk of cancer with moderate to high alcohol intake,” says Gaudet. This is the reason why experts suggest drinking no more than one serving of alcohol, which is the equivalent of a 12-ounce beer, 5-ounce serving of wine, or 1.5-ounce shot of liquor per day for women; men can double those servings due to their higher body weight.Related: 11 Liver Damage Signs You Can’t Ignore
6. Trans Fats
While trans fat was banned by the FDA in 2015, there are still trace amounts of naturally occurring trans fats in meat and dairy products. The ban can help prevent thousands of cardiac-related deaths a year. Since its ban, manufacturers have used the man-made version of these fats, known as partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which are used to make foods last longer on the shelves of your favorite grocery stores. A study found that breast cancer patients whose diets included trans fats have a 78 percent higher risk of dying within seven years of their diagnosis.