Friday, December 7, 2007

Tucking into french fries? Think twice if you're female

"Now, Britain's Telegraph newspaper has reported fresh fears over the safety of cooked food, with the European Union advising people to avoid food such as potato chips or golden-brown fries.

The warning follows a wide-ranging study showing that acrylamide - produced by frying, roasting or grilling - can double the risk of certain cancers in women.

Research has shown that acrylamide is found in cooked food such as bread, breakfast cereals, coffee and also fried, baked, roasted, grilled or barbecued meat and potatoes.

Food that has been coloured or burnt by cooking is far more likely to contain acrylamides.
Dutch researchers quizzed 120,000 people - half of them women - on their eating habits, and found that those who consumed more acrylamide also had higher rates of ovarian and womb cancer.

The Dutch study found that women who absorbed more acrylamide were twice as likely to develop ovarian or womb cancer as those who ingested a smaller amount.

The EU has recommended eating home-cooked meals that contain far lower amounts of the chemical than processed products, fast food and restaurant meals.

Britain's Food Standards Agency (FSA) welcomed the report and urged consumers to heed the EU's advice, the Telegraph reported, although a FSA spokesman said it was impossible to avoid the chemical entirely.

'Since acrylamide forms naturally in a wide variety of cooked food, it is not possible to have a healthy balanced diet that avoids it,' he said.


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