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Could it be this is happening with genetically modified foods? Are these foods being fried with GMO oils? Are the foods themselves GMO? Funny how so many people just overlook the fact that foods before GMO's did not have these effects.
I am old enough to remember when all these ills were rare and now they are common. Try a little research and you just may find it occurred when GMO's were put into our food supply without our knowing it. Along with other dangerous chemicals that were not properly tested or grandfathered in.
Sorry, typo-that is "lessens the acrylamides" in dark roast coffee compared to light roast coffee.
Actually, with regard to coffee, FDA says dark roast has less acrylamides than light roast. Something about the continued process for dark roast essens the acrylamides.
Is there a acrylamide risk with roasted nuts and seeds? I like to
Brazil nuts and almonds pretty dark. Problem?
Still the question--if it causes cancer in lab animals, does it cause cancer in humans? How many animals--lab or otherwise, eat baked goods, french fries or potatoe chips, breakfast cereal and drink coffee for breakfast? We all know limiting the fried processed foods is a good thing, but perhaps our bodies process toast and roasted potatoes a little differently?
I agree with others, I would like to see a walk in cliinc. It would also be interesting to have a museum, much like the one which Mayo once had , with more info on the human body and its anatomy. My children loved going to the old museum and seeing the woman with the goiter or being able to touch plastic body parts and learn where there were.( who could forget the pitchfork display?) I think they would also be interested in things available at the simulation center, a chance to do pretend robot surgery, interactive displays.
It used to be that if you ate a plant based diet and included grains this was considered healthy...now everything seems to be bad....consider the recent article stating that even organic veggies and fruits have chemicals in them from the soil...pretty soon there won't be any healthy foods available....so do we stop eating?
Green tea and the herb rosemary are reported to block the damaging effects of acrylamides which are supposed to greatly increase risk of uterine and ovarian cancers.
Confusing - thought they said there is benefit to coffee (moderate intake of course...) I don't drink every day, but do drink the darker roasts - these have LESS caffeine (better & doesn't give headaches if you don't drink every day)...So, why would lighter roast be better? Just confused and food for thought....
My mother and grandmother were always saying "everything in moderation." It seems to me that if one doesn't go to extremes with anything, one can maintain the health they need. Balance has been key to me and my family. Variety is important. I will continue to heed updates in the health field but not go to extremes, especially when little research has been done.
I have to admit I am getting tired of hearing of yet another single item that will cause cancer. I read a book once that discussed the ongoing creation of equipment designed to "find" anomalies. New machine A "heard" a "new" sound but a new machine B was needed to further refine the definition of that "new" sound and in the process machine B "heard" several permutations of the "new" sound necessitating the creation of machine C to further refine that research. And so it goes but are you ever really sure this wasn't all started by a squeaky part in machine A? The living organism is so complicated and ever changing. News like these discoveries is interesting but I think puts us in jeopardy of tunnel vision, constantly paranoid about what we eat, what we use...it's crazy making. Years ago someone implanted a dime in the abdomen of a mouse and guess what...it caused cancer.
Confusion re: the apparent behefits of coffee (e.g. reduced risk of parkinson's) vs. acrylamide. How to assess risk vs benefits. I've been on a 3-5 cups a day regimen. Also, is a lighter roast coffee as beneficial as a darker roast one with regard to the health benefits?
I just started storing potatoes in the fridge 6 months ago to keep them from spoiling to soon.Gee.Just when I thought I was doing something good I find out it is dangerous for my family.
I find find this information very useful.
thank you for helping distribute this important information. the big question on everyones mind is then "how should we eat at all" Unfortunatley the answer to this is such a contradiction to our cultural habits and upbringing that most of us aren't ready for the answer. Acrylamide is only one of the harmful effects of cooking. It also destroys protein and fat. The reason we are so tired after eating or during the day isn't because we've yet to have enough espressos. Its because our bodies send white blood cells to our stomach after we've eaten cooked foods. Obviously there is something there to fight. I am a down to earth, not esoteric young man who has been eating off of raw food for years. Its how we are meant to eat. There are clear ways to avoid deficiencies (protein and iron). Its not that hard (cuz our hunger changes) and AND THE CHANGE SHOULD TAKE A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME, but its worth the wakefulness and energy. Plus theres never dishes to wash;) By the way world the biggest killer is refined sugar, so if you're still eatin sweets not made from raw sugar, dont worry about cooked food. It would be like smoking after your run.
good information. I heard that vinegar isn't good for you because it slows your digestion down. Couldn't find any information on Mayo Clinic to verify or refute this. Also was looking for more info about combiniing foods and how the medical community views this.
So, if I bake whole grain breads, have I created acrylamide?
im reading this while i have baked potatoes in the oven!i try to cook things different ways for variety. fried food is seldom, also grilling.but baked potatoes, wow, i thought that was healthy.I think every body is different, and some people can eat things without negative effects, while other people cant. i cant eat scrambled eggs, give me bad heartburn, dont knowwhy.
Many of the blog comments are well thought out and leave the reader, at least this reader, with a desire to have you provide a response to those comments that are constructive and qualify for an informative response.
Thanks for all your important data.
What can you eat?
I'd like to see some quantification -- what level of acrylamide has a potential risk, and what levels are present in the foods mentioned
I'm curious to know why it is that if there is concerns and reason for caution, why such food label requirements do not contain such information as with say saturated fats? I'm aware there are certain food labs that do offer the testing, but is there a way or a means for consumers to do this themselves?
i dont think these foods should be banned if they are eaten in moderation.If they are wanting to ban foods containing acrylamide most foods contain acrylamide then most foods would be banned and how much is too much. meaning what is the maximum intake of acrylamide in humans.
Jay, here is a link to the FDA information: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cfsup182.html
This is really interesting!
Of course, most people aren't going to give up coffee and fried foods even if it causes cancer or something.
Where is the information released from the FDA posted? I haven't seen anything, but I'd really like to learn more on this!
Information given by someone else doing the research is appreciated! We do well to listen and take heed to things that can produce a longer life - if we would just take the time to choose everything in moderation we would be much better off anyway - how hard is that? Thank you for the alert and info! I'm grateful
Dark, folded potato chips! Toasted bagels! Man, am I going to have trouble with this! But I know what's good for me and I will try my best!!
What about topical products that contain acrylamide such as, foot powders and antifungals? Do they have the same potential risk for causing cancer?
This simply muddies the water for the general public and I agree with SG - most people will be more confused and keep on doing what they're doing without making any healthful changes. As for me in my clinical practice, I'm going to keep on encouraging small changes to increase vegetable, fruit and grain intake with less processed food. In the long run, that's where I believe we'll make the most difference.
Sounds like the mainstay should be what's been argued for years -- moderation in all things. Ok, so I can eliminate or seriously cut down on these categories: French fries, potato chips, breakfast cereals and cookies, maybe even toast. Probably should. But the FDA better stay away from my coffee or they're going to have a mini-revolt on their hands, not unlike when certain dermatologists recommended 10 minutes or less of sun a day. (No, I don't sunbathe. I do, however garden and enjoy walking outdoors, although I don't do either in the heat of a summer day. In any case, sunscreens are not practical for someone who sweats buckets -- nothing dewy about me. Ever had sunscreen run into your eyes?)
I've often wondered if folks who "translate" scientific research into everyday language don't sometimes overstate or even misstate the findings.
Or, heaven help us, pick-and-choose or slant the findings to bolster some money-making endeavor, as drug companies seem to be doing more and more of these days.
Most people ignore information like this because they are too concerned with paying the bills, keeping their job and putting reasonably nutritious and affordable food on the table. Results of nutritional studies often vary widely from year to year or even month to month, so I try to keep the easy-to-implement, sensible conclusions in mind and not make radical changes with the rest. Right now we are hearing that adequate vitamin D levels (from sunlight) may be one of the best ways to prevent cancer and other ailments. What to do, in light of the historic emphasis against sun exposure? A healthy diet with dairy products and a few minutes (15, 20, 25?) daily in the sun? Easy for some, difficult for others. Again, I think most people will throw their hands up and do what they please because much of the advice is impractical even if sound.
Appreciate the info. The suggested changes in diet are reasonable and easy. Would like to have a pointer to the studies themselves - or more complete info re: the dangers.
I've had cancer; it's not fun.
I'll chance cancer... I like burnt things too much.
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