Am. Cancer Society 2000+ Studies Research: What SCIENCE Says About Processed Foods, GMO’s, Pesticides

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A team of Italian scientists cataloged and analyzed 1783 studies about the safety and environmental impacts of GMO foods—a staggering number.

The researchers couldn’t find a single credible example demonstrating that GM foods pose any harm to humans or animals. “The scientific research conducted so far has not detected any significant hazards directly connected with the use of genetically engineered crops,” the scientists concluded.

The research review, published in Critical Reviews in Biotechnology in September, spanned only the last decade—from 2002 to 2012—which represents only about a third of the lifetime of GM technology.

     With 2000+ global studies affirming safety, GM foods among most analyzed subjects in science, Genetic Literacy Project

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I finally heard it one too many times.  “You must stop eating processed foods.  And you must eliminate all foods with additives, GMO’s and Pesticides.”   My question is WHY?  The EET Timing Diet has created lots of weight loss and improved fitness for people who choose to eat these foods.  Plus, we’ve dramatically improved diabetics’ a1C as well as those with other major issues like high blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol and digestive disorders like IBS and Acid Reflux.   But with so many freaking gurus and media hype screaming about how dangerous certain foods can be I figured the only potentially valid reason to stop eating these foods must be an increase in the risk of cancer.  

I was pushed past my limits and decided to find out recently when yet another health guru challenged the “eating without restriction” approach to EET.  “You should study how harmful those foods can be, they dramatically increase your risk of cancer.”  Is that so?  Time for more EET Learning Timing (Guideline #8) to see just what science has to say on the matter of foods causing cancer.

This is a great opportunity to show how EET works and how we evaluate science to accomplish our mission:

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FULL DISCLOSURE:  EET Fitness (and I) are not expressing our personal opinion on the matter if food causes cancer.  We are greatly concerned that many prevailing views on weight loss, fitness, health and nutrition are not backed by consistent scientific findings or at least are far from proven.  These views then greatly harm dieters who are told they MUST restrict their diets which science indicates is perhaps the MOST proven cause of our current obesity and illness crisis.  

EET fully acknowledges that Science can change over time, but to assume it WILL change to support your position is not a proven method to accomplish anything.  We also are well aware of individual cases where dietary restrictions become necessary. For example, I personally must limit tomato consumption in order to avoid acid reflux, however I can eat all the donuts I like without a problem. Yet,  EET will not be starting a movement to ban tomatoes (organic or not).  And I won’t be advising clients who can eat tomatoes without harm they should stop eating tomatoes because I have to limit my consumption.  We believe dieters should stay current with clinical research and that areas where there is conflicting scientific data looked at on a case by case basis. 

And for those who believe there is NO area without conflict in Science, we strongly disagree and can offer proof.  Here is EET’s “gold standard” of scientific data for which there is NO conflicting data.  EVERY study available confirms the following:


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Yet far too many dieters who refuse to accept these SCIENTIFIC FACTS are running around telling people to stop eating many foods because high glycemic carbs are the cause of diabetes, gluten is always bad, or certain foods are addictive!  This is NOT a science-backed approach to success!  EET’s mission is built on the premise science must confirm something as consistently as our “gold standard” before we’re willing to present it as fact.  

Now let’s see what EET’s research shows Science has to say about food and cancer.

I started my research at the most logical place.  The American Cancer Association website:  I also was tempted to stop there because I was absolutely shocked at what I read.  I didn’t though.  I reviewed a variety of studies and sites to hear all sides of the issue.  You could read the 2000+ studies link above plus here are a few more.  Then below that check out the highlights taken directly from so you can decide for yourself (be sure to check out the two at the end–interesting stuff!):

The Truth about 7 Common Food Additives – WebMD

 Is there any reliable scientific evidence that genetically modified food poses a health risk?  (see comments also)

American Cancer Society Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention

No one study, however, provides the last word on any subject, and single news reports may put too much emphasis on what appear to be contradictory or conflicting results.  The following questions and answers address common concerns about diet and physical activity in relation to cancer:

Aspartame  Does aspartame cause cancer?

Current evidence does not show any link between aspartame use and increased cancer risk. People with the genetic disorder known as phenylketonuria should avoid foods and drinks that contain aspartame.

Bioengineered foods  What are bioengineered foods, and are they safe?

Bioengineered foods are made by adding genes from other plants or organisms to make a plant more resistant to pests, slow spoilage. Some genes improve flavor, nutrient composition, or make the food easier to transport.  tIn theory, these added genes might create substances that could cause harmful reactions among sensitized or allergic individuals. But there is no evidence at this time that the substances found in bioengineered foods now on the market are harmful or that they would either increase or decrease cancer risk because of the added genes.

Food additives  Do food additives cause cancer?

Many substances are added to foods to preserve them and to enhance color, flavor, and texture. New additives must be cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before entering the food supply. Rigorous testing in animals to look for any effects on cancer is done as part of this process. Additives are usually present in very small quantities in food, and no convincing evidence has shown that any additive at these levels causes human cancers.

Irradiated foods  Do irradiated foods cause cancer?

No. Radiation is used more often to kill harmful organisms on foods in order to extend their “shelf life.” Radiation does not stay in the foods after treatment, and eating irradiated foods does not appear to increase cancer risk.

Organic foods  Are foods labeled “organic” more effective in lowering cancer risk?

The term organic is popularly used to designate plant foods grown without pesticides and genetic modifications. At this time, no research exists to demonstrate whether such foods are more effective in reducing cancer risk than are similar foods produced by other farming methods. (note: You can also read about the extensive Standford University Study discussed in this post:  

STUDIES – ALL MYTHS: Gluten Sensitivity, Organic Food Healthier, Glycemic Index, MORE

Pesticides and herbicides  Do pesticides in foods cause cancer?

Pesticides and herbicides can be toxic when used improperly in industrial, agricultural, or other occupational settings. Although vegetables and fruits sometimes contain low levels of these chemicals, overwhelming scientific evidence supports the overall health benefits and cancer-protective effects of eating vegetables and fruits. At present there is no evidence that residues of pesticides and herbicides at the low doses found in foods increase the risk of cancer, but fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly before eating.

Sugar   Does sugar increase cancer risk?

Sugar increases calorie intake without providing any of the nutrients that reduce cancer risk. By promoting obesity and elevating insulin levels, high sugar intake may indirectly increase cancer risk. White (refined) sugar is no different from brown (unrefined) sugar or honey with regard to their effects on body weight or insulin. Limiting foods such as cakes, candy, cookies, sweetened cereals, and high-sugar beverages such as soda can help reduce sugar intake. (note: EET would love to show the ACA The EET Timing Diet and the effects of nutrient timing for refined sugar or any sugar for that matter!)

Vegetarian diets  Do vegetarian diets reduce cancer risk?

Vegetarian diets include many healthful features. They tend to be low in saturated fats and high in fiber, vitamins, and phytochemicals. It is not possible to conclude at this time, however, that a vegetarian diet has any special benefits for the prevention of cancer. 

ALSO WORTH MENTIONING:  2 more examples:

Physical activity  Will increasing physical activity lower cancer risk?

Yes. People who engage in moderate to vigorous levels of physical activity are at a lower risk of developing colon and breast cancer than those who do not. Risk is lowered whether or not the activity affects the person’s weight. Data for a direct effect on the risk of developing other cancers is more limited. Even so, obesity and being overweight have been linked to many types of cancer, and physical activity is a key factor in reaching or staying at a healthy body weight. In addition, physical activity has helpful effects against heart disease and diabetes

Why worth mentioning:  Many of the opinionated gurus and the food police who follow them who insist people give up the foods they love are not nearly as demanding about the need to exercise.  Why would they not be screaming you MUST exercise from the rooftops and trying to get the government to force exercise upon us as it’s far more SCIENTIFICALLY proven to prevent cancer than eating processed or chemical laden foods are a cause of cancer.  Now why would that be?  I’ll let you figure that one out – but the answer is obvious.  

Meat: cooking and preserving

Should I avoid processed meats?

Some studies have linked eating large amounts of processed meat to increased risk of colorectal and stomach cancers. This connection may or may not be due to nitrites, which are added to many luncheon meats, hams, and hot dogs to maintain color and to prevent bacterial growth. Eating processed meats and meats preserved by methods involving smoke or salt increases exposure to potential cancer-causing agents and should be reduced as much as possible.

How does cooking meat affect cancer risk?

Adequate cooking is required to kill harmful germs in meat. But some research suggests that frying, broiling, or grilling meats at very high temperatures forms chemicals that might increase cancer risk. Although these chemicals can damage DNA and cause cancer in animals, it is not clear how much they (as opposed to other substances in meat) may contribute to the increased colorectal cancer risk seen in people who eat large amounts of meat in some studies. Techniques such as braising, steaming, poaching, stewing, and microwaving meats produce fewer of these chemicals

Why worth mentioning?  Here is a rare example of a particular type of food possibly increasing the risk of cancer in eaten in “large amounts”.   It’s important to note that the American Cancer Society did not feel research justified saying this about any of the other foods above.   Ironically, processed and smoked meats are not the most villainized.   EET believes dieters should be aware of this information as they consider their meat choices on their EET Timing Diet Plan.    

 There’s a whole bunch more examples on the website.  You can check it out HERE.



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EET’s new Personal Training Guide is almost here!  It’s FREE and on schedule to be released October 15, 2014.  You can get ahead of the curve by joining the discussion at The EET Community today!    EETers have already started replying to Today’s discussion topic which is this (go HERE to check out the discussion already in progress!):

EET Discussion Topic For Thursday Oct 9, 2014:

What are your 5 favorite foods in your house right this minute. Again, select from the foods that are in your house NOW.

Extra credit: Note how many of these foods are in your current top 5 favorite foods (including foods that are not in your house right now). Feel free to note the specific foods – we can all use some new favorite foods to check out!

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