#14: Refined sugars
The worst offender in the category of refined sugars is high fructose corn syrup, which you probably know is found in a ton of processed foods and drinks. One soda, for example, contains 15 teaspoons of the stuff! Cancer loves to feed on sugar, but fructose is especially troublesome because of how hard your body must work to process it.
Unable to be used as fuel in its whole form, your liver must first break it down. When too much hits your system at once, the liver ends up storing a lot as fat, leading to a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. NAFLD is in itself a risk factor for liver cancer.
Instead – Once you start reading labels faithfully, you will be horrified by the amount of refined sugar in packaged foods. It is best to satisfy your sweet tooth with whole fruit rather than candy, but antioxidant-containing dark chocolate can also be a smart splurge.