Preventing Cancer: The Impact of Toxic Metals in American Food Supply

2023-12-14 11:00:28

Toxic metals found in food cause more than 10,000 cancers each year in the United States.

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Foods containing the most toxic metals such as lead, arsenic, and cadmium were baby food, root vegetables such as beets, rice, and dark chocolate. [사진= 게티이미지뱅크]Foods sold in the United States, including dark chocolate, leafy green vegetables, and baby food, have been found to cause more than 10,000 cases of cancer each year. This is the result of lead, arsenic, and cadmium seeping into the soil and water and contaminating crops. These metals have been blamed for causing cancer and other health problems, but this is the first time that specific damage figures have been revealed.

According to a report presented at the 2023 Society for Risk Analysis Annual Conference held in Washington, D.C., 13,000 of the cancers occurring in the United States, including bladder cancer, lung cancer, and skin cancer, are related to contaminated food. It turns out that there is.

The researchers analyzed human and animal studies published between 2000 and 2023 on the effects of lead, cadmium and arsenic on diseases such as cancer, heart disease, kidney failure, liver toxicity and developmental delays.

The study found that foods containing metals were associated with 6,000 cases of bladder and lung cancer. In particular, arsenic was responsible for 7,000 cases of skin cancer. Foods containing lead increase the risk of kidney, brain, bladder, breast, and stomach cancer. Lead is most closely linked to kidney cancer, which affects 81,800 Americans each year and kills 14,890, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Lead, which is most commonly found in beets, chocolate, and baby food, has also been shown to affect the development of children, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that children exposed to lead may experience impaired brain and nervous system development. . Experts believe that about 2.5% of children under the age of five are exposed to dangerous levels of lead, causing growth, learning, behavioral, hearing and speech problems.

Additionally, arsenic detected in baby food, seafood, rice, and mushrooms was found to be related to the possibility of developing skin cancer and bladder cancer. Arsenic is a substance that has a very high risk of causing heart disease and is also associated with neurodevelopmental disorders and increased infant mortality.

Cadmium, a toxic metal, has also been found in nuts, potatoes, seeds, cereal grains, and leafy green vegetables such as spinach. Among cancers related to cadmium, pancreatic cancer is the only cancer type rated as ‘very high’. Other cancers associated with cadmium include prostate, kidney, bladder, breast, and endometrial cancer.

The researchers selected baby food, root vegetables such as beets, rice, and dark chocolate as the foods highest in toxic metals such as lead, arsenic, and cadmium.

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