Acrylamides: Carcinogens?

I found this lovely sign at my local Starbucks last week and wondered…what am I doing drinking this coffee???

I went home to research a bit on acrylamides and their possible health risks, only to find that research has been ongoing for years.

Details are being collected on the health effects of acrylamide in the form of stats, but it is clear that Acrylamide exposure poses a substantial cancer risk. According to the World Health Organization Acrylamide is known to cause cancer in animals. Also, certain doses of acrylamide are toxic to the nervous system of both animals and humans. Previous concerns about acrylamide were focused on workers using acrylamide in their jobs, and cigarette smoking. Studies have shown that Acrylamides appear in foods when heated above the boiling point. This means that frying, and grilling are certain to produce Acrylamide residues.Boiling and steaming do not produce Acrylamides, however microwaving appears to result in Acrylamides in food.

Although the long-term risks remain fairly uncertain, the FDA does state that acrylamides are carinogens. Hmmmm. Well, this is enough reason for me to share it with all of you.

Here are some helpful articles on acrylamides and how to limit them:

The foods that have the highest amount of acrylamides are carbohydrates baked or fried at high temperatures (french fries and potato chips top the list) and coffee. Instant coffee is significantly higher in acrylamides than traditionally brewed coffee.

The point of this is to make yourself aware of the carcinogenic effect these foods have and to eliminate or limit them in your diet. No one can completely escape potentially cancer-causing factors in today’s society. Haven’t we all at some point in our lives:

breathed car exhaust

talked on a cell phone

smelled second hand smoke

drank a martini

microwaved our popcorn

drank an occasional diet soda

Isn’t this is why we work so hard to drink clean water, eat fresh fruits and veggies, make green juices, shop organic, and so on? Well, now you can add acrylamides to the list of things to keep in check and think about this post the next time you are craving a doughnut.

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