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Healthy Hint

Toni-Ann DiSantis

Can These Foods Cost You Years?

Fill your plate with the four following kinds of foods and you may hike your risk of heart disease, cancer, and a variety of other serious illnesses. Avoid or limit:

Charred meat—Studies have found that grilled or well done meat creates compounds that have been linked to an increased risk of colon, pancreatic, stomach, and possibly other cancers.

Processed meats—Though red meat in general has been associated with an increased risk of colon cancer, salami, pepperoni, ham, and other cured meats may predispose you to esophageal, kidney, stomach, and prostate cancer.

Refined carbohydrates—Diets that are high in added sugars (candy, some cereals, pastries, sodas) and carbohydrates that have been stripped of many of their important nutrients (these are carbs such as white flour and white rice) may shorten telomeres and hike the risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and stroke, especially in those who are overweight.

Prepackaged meals—These food products may be convenient, but they are often extremely high in sodium. That has been linked to a higher risk of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease