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Will Burnt Toast Give Me Cancer? Read The Facts

You may have seen in the news recently that burnt toast, roast potatoes, crisps, roasted root veg, biscuits and crackers...these are the main culprits they are talking about.

It's The Acrylamide

The issue is a compound called acrylamide, produced when starchy foods are cooked or baked to a brown colour. This chemical reaction is called the "maillard reaction" and occurs when toasting or browning certain foods.

The darker the toasting or roasting of certain foods produces more acrylamide.

What The Experts Say

The UK Food Standards Agency {FSA} issued a report that said acrylamide has been found, in ANIMAL studies, to increase the risk of cancer. However, the FSA updated their advice in response to the report.

Updated Statement

They said that their research had found that, intake of acrylamide was low in EU member states, they are working with the commission and other member states to set controls of acrylamide in legalisation.

The agency also said people could reduce the amount of acrylamide in their diets by choosing cooking methods such as boiling or steaming instead of frying or roasting.In addition, also by having a balanced diet, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

No Need To Panic

If you enjoy a slice of well done toast or a crispy, well roasted potato, there is no need to panic!

These studies were done on animals and it showed that acrylamide has the potential to damage the DNA inside cells and because of this it has been linked to cancer.

However looking at studies in humans, they say it is unclear and there is no consistent link between acrylamide and increased cancer.

So What Do We Do?

Now like we said there is no need to panic and this report gives yet another good reason to consider eating a well balanced diet for overall good health...and the key here is balance - so no need to cut out these type of foods entirely but cut down if you eat a lot of them.

As most of the foods they talk about that contain acrylamide are not that good for you anyway, it would be a good idea to cut down on them anyway if you do eat a lot of them.

In fact, each diet modification can lead to a 5% reduction in cancer risk- so small changes can add up to a big difference in time to developing certain cancers.

Here at 'Help Us Beat Cancer' are all about prevention of cancer, there are a lot of things we can do to help our selves with diet, exercise and lifestyle.

But crossing toast of our menu is really not a need just yet.

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