Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Supermarket Foods


It’s a sad reality that today we’re experiencing a Cancer epidemic.

Every year more and more people in modern developed countries are being diagnosed with various forms of this disease.

The medical world would have us believe that this is a mysterious phenomenon, but here's the backstory... 

It may sound like conspiracy, but there is a very real link between the commercial food industry that profits from the sale of packaged food-less foods and life-less drinks and the very industry that 'treats' those who get sick as a result.

The treatment of Cancer has become a multi-billion dollar per year industry and most of it is the result of cancer-causing chemicals in common food items that you'll find on your supermarket shelf!

Just about every 'big-brand' packaged food on the market contains some form of chemical or artificial substance that is toxic to the human body.  And over time and distance of consuming these products, the increased risk of dis-ease or Cancer becomes significant.

The problem is that as these chemicals and toxins accumulate in the body, they burden the immune system and body's defences. And if this situation reaches breaking point, your body will build 'garbage cans' - medically known as 'tumours' - to contain the toxicity.  Then you'll most likely be diagnosed with Cancer.

In order to know which foods are cancer-causing, we need to first get clear on which specific ingredients, additives or production methods are carcinogenic...

What is a Carcinogen?

If something is carcinogenic, it means that it can cause or fuel cancer. 

Carcinogens can either trigger or promote cancer growth in a number of ways:

  • Disrupt hormones
  • Damage DNA
  • Cause inflammation
  • Turn genes on & off

The larger the exposure to carcinogens and the longer the amount of time the exposure occurs, the greater the likelihood that cancer will develop or grow.


A byproduct of industry, fluoride is added to municipal water supplies in many cities around the world under the guise that it prevents dental cavities. Despite the fact this claim has been proven to be false, this highly toxic chemical can induce a number of health problems including cancer if ingested.

Learn more in The Truth About Fluoride

Fluoride affects the body by inhibiting the immune system's leukocytes and white blood cells as well as promoting the break down of collagen, which are all vital to preventing and fighting cancer and are all negatively impacted by fluoride.

Common Sources that may contain fluoride:

  • Tap Water
  • Soft Drinks
  • Sports Drinks
  • Toothpaste
  • Baby formula & foods

Natural & Safe Alternatives:

  • Natural Spring Water
  • Distilled Water
  • Organic Juices, Tea & Naturally Brewed Beer
  • Coconut Water

 Learn more about which water is best to drink in our recent Blog: Water: Nature’s Best & Why It’s Critical to Life


The chemicals used on farms, produce and gardens is commonly referred to as "pesticides", which includes three distinct categories:
  • Fungicides - chemicals that kill fungus
  • Herbicides - chemicals that kill unwanted plants such as weeds
  • Pesticides - chemicals that kill insects or animals

They are basically all poisons and in addition to being toxic and harmful to the organisms they're designed to kill, they also have negative effects on humans.

In terms of pesticides used on food crops there are 5 common chemicals that have been identified as probable carcinogens:

  • Glyphosate
  • Malathion
  • Diazinon
  • Tetrachlorvinphos
  • Parathion

Common Sources:

  • Supermarket Produce
  • Commercially-produced meat products
  • Fast food 

Natural & Safe Alternatives:

  • Organically-Grown Fruit & Vegetables
  • Organic cafes, restaurants & health food stores

If you can't source organic produce, go to your local "Farmer's Markets" and buy locally grown, spray-free where possible. 

If you're unsure, simply prepare an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse by adding 1/2 cup to 2 litres of clean water and swish your produce in this solution for a few minutes before patting dry and storing.  This will eliminate most if not all of the pesticide residue.

Learn more about Organic Versus Non-Organic

Artificial Sweeteners & Flavour Enhancers

Because many manufactured food and drink products are laden with high amounts of processed sugar and chemicals, people's love of 'all things sweet' has become an addiction.

"Artifical Sweeteners" were developed to satisfy tastebuds without the associated calories, however sweeteners like Aspartame are actually neuro-toxins that can have many known degenerative effects on the brain.

Refined white sugar can also disrupt vital metabolic processes in the body, spikes insulin and over time, is a significant promoter of Diabetes and Cancer within the body.

Acesulfame Potassium

A common ingredient in several artificial sweetener products, this chemical is added in order to mask unpleasant aftertastes. Acesulfame can disrupt metabolic pathways and cause abnormal cell activity leading to an increased risk of leukaemia and several other types of cancer. 


Made up of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol, this chemical is actually hundreds of times sweeter than sugar. Recent studies have shown that high levels of aspartame are associated with an elevated risk of cancers affecting the blood, such as lymphoma and leukaemia. 

Benzoate (Sodium Benzoate)

This chemical, when combined with certain others produces an artificial sweetener. By itself, it's often used as a food preservative and there is compelling evidence to suggest that in both forms it not only causes oxidative damage to the body but also lead to cell abnormalities and an increased chance of cancer developing.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Commonly used as a flavour enhancer preservative disguised under several different pseudonyms, this neurotoxin is associated with chronic inflammation, liver dysfunction and autoimmune disease which can all be precursors to more serious issues including cancer.

Common Foods:

  • Diet soft drinks & energy drinks
  • "Sugar-free" foods
  • Protein supplement products
  • Condiments
  • Certain dairy products
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Flavoured chips & crackers
  • Jams & spreads
  • Salad dressings 

Natural & Safe Alternatives:

  • Raw Organic Honey
  • Maple Syrup
  • Blackstrap Molasses
  • Organic Green Stevia
  • Sugar Cane Juice

Learn more in Overcoming Sugar Addictions & The Best Natural Substitutes

Artificial Colours

As a result of manufacturing and processing, food often loses not only much of its nutrients but also its natural colour.

Although not as widespread as it used to be thanks to many food manufacturers now using "natural colours" derived from vegetables, herbs and spices, artificial dyes can still be found in many common foods.

In addition to triggering ADHD symptoms and behavioural problems in children, studies have established links between synthetic food dyes and cancer, compelling enough to lead to many countries to ban them!

Here's a list of some of the most toxic colourings:

  • Blue #1 (Brilliant Blue)
  • Blue #2 (Indigo Carmine)
  • Green #3 (Fast Green)
  • Red #3 (Erythrosine)
  • Red #40 (Allura Red)
  • Yellow #5 (Tartrazine)
  • Yellow #6 (Sunset Yellow) 

Common Foods:

  • Baked goods
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Confectionary 
  • Jellies
  • Soft drinks


    Extracted from seaweed and processed using an alkaline procedure, this food additive void of any nutritional value serves to bind, thicken and stabilise many processed foods. In this alkaline state it's supposedly safe, but more acidic "degraded carrageenan" has been shown to be harmful to the gut and highly inflammatory and was recently classified as a potential human carcinogen.

    Unfortunately, this substance has found its way into many "health" foods and organic products.

    Common Foods:

    • Baby formula
    • Processed meats
    • Milk substitute products e.g. Commercial almond, rice & oat milks
    • Dairy products
    • Aloe vera juice & gel

    Partially Hydrogenated Oils

    Partially hydrogenated oils, manufactured by heating and bubbling hydrogen into them through a process called "hydrogenation", are now well known as harmful to health due to their "trans fat" content. This "bad" fat has an inflammatory effect on the body and damages cell membranes making the oils highly carcinogenic, in addition to them triggering heart disease and autoimmune disorders.

    Common Foods:

    • Margarine
    • Commercial Baked Goods
    • Fried Foods
    • Frosting
    • Microwave Popcorn

    Natural & Safe Alternatives:

    So in a nutshell, it's best to avoid packaged and processed foods altogether - particularly those that are commercially produced in large production facilities which are laden with chemicals designed to incite addiction and eventually cause dis-ease.

    If you are going to buy packaged foods, take the time to understand the ingredients and ensure they're product you can trust.

    Your best defence and in supporting your health and avoiding dis-ease and cancer, is to embrace a diet rich in organic, plant whole foods as much as possible. Learn more about the Top 7 Reasons to Embrace a Plant-Based Diet & How to Do It

    Tolman Self Care Team.


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