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31 October 2009 :: 00:10:56 am 2518

Starchy Fried Foods Linked to Cancer

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Government health departments around the world are apparently becoming increasingly concerned about the health impact of fried starchy foods, after lab tests on rats have found the carcinogenic chemical acrylamide in french fries, potato crisps, doughnuts and other starchy products, after being cooked at high temperatures.
Pattaya, October 30, 2009, [Pattaya Daily News]: Apparently, starchy fried foods, apart from being high in fats and sodium, can also contain the chemical acrylamide, a natural by-product of cooking high-carbohydrate foods at high temperatures. Currently, acrylamide is also present in a wide variety of roasted and baked foods, including breakfast cereal, baby food, bread, and cracker, as well as coffee, cocoa, roasted asparagus and canned olives.

Researchers first became concerned in 2002 after scientists at the Swedish Food Administration detected surprisingly high levels of acrylamide in high-carbohydrate foods, linking it to cancer in lab rats. This first study has since been augmented by hundreds of follow up studies. Apparently , it’s not so much the small doses as mega-doses, which cause concern, especially as starchy foods like french fries, potato crisps, and doughnuts apparently form the staple diet of so many of the youth of the world, increasingly so now in Thailand.

According to food safety consultant, James Coughlin, of the US Institute of Food Technologists “Everyone realizes acrylamide is in so many foods and at such high levels that we can’t just sit back and say, ‘ho-hum,’ “.

James Coughlin further said “I’ve never seen such cooperation between countries, industries and government. Acrylamide is the biggest thing going on for food toxicologists.” The amount of dietary acrylamide, measured in parts per billion (ppb), varies widely according to the manufacturer, the raw materials used and processing conditions, as well as cooking time. U.S. Food and Drug Administration discovered, for instance, that seven tested batches of McDonald’s french fries contained levels ranging from 193 ppb to 497 ppb and in the second test of Krispy Kreme Original Glazed  Doughnuts, samples showed 22 ppb.

Rather than consuming large quantities of fast and processed food, the FDA’s advises sticking to a healthy, balanced diet that is low in fat, cholesterol, salt and added sugar and rich in high-fibre grains, fruits and vegetables. To reduce abdominal fat, a consequence of consuming too much fried starchy food, cruciferous vegetables are recommended such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage.


Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Health

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