Cancer prevention techniques are allowing millions of Americans to stay alive and healthy longer and as an added bonus, they can also help consumers save considerably on important expenses like life insurance premiums.
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This is because even those who survive a cancer diagnosis can be prone to various health problems later in life – as well as a shortened life expectancy. To life insurance companies, this represents a potentially higher financial risk.
To avoid cancer, people take a variety of precautions, from using sunscreen when spending time outdoors to exercising regularly and avoiding deadly habits like smoking.
Recently, a team of UCLA researchers found that people might be putting themselves at a higher cancer risk if they consume a lot of food high in fructose. In fact, one product that is known for its high fructose, soda, also happens to be linked to the nation’s obesity problem and related issues like diabetes.
The research also added that between 1970 and 1990, the amount of high fructose corn syrup consumed in the average American’s diet increased more than 1,000 percent.
Here are five tips to think about regarding high fructose corn syrup, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
Avoid Fast Food
Fast food is filled with high fructose corn syrup and is packed with empty calories that only satisfy your cravings for a short time.
Natural vs. Organic
Understand the difference between “natural” and “organic” because both of these terms are very different.
Organic foods are the only foods that do not contain high fructose corn syrup because they are heavily regulated by the USDA and the National Organic Standards Board. While the USDA defines a “natural” food product as one that contains no artificial ingredients, added colors and is “minimally” processed, organic foods are foods that are processed without the use of any synthetic materials.
Insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides are restricted or greatly limited when it comes to the production of organic foods. This includes any and all synthetic hormones.
Canned and Bottled Beverages
Avoid canned or bottled beverages because these drinks often have a high volume of sugar and corn syrup.
Purchase more fresh produce. The “natural” sugar found in produce is far safer and better for you than synthetic sugars.
USDA Sugar Intake Recommendation
Keep in mind, the USDA recommends consuming no more than 32 grams or 8 teaspoons of sugar a day. The American Heart Association reports that the average American consumes more than 22 teaspoons of sugar each day.