Cancer causing chemicals like acrylamide found in fries, crisps and cereal

Cancer causing chemicals like acrylamide found in fries, crisps and cereal

Here we are again with highly-processed modern foods showing up as toxic and dangerous to human health.

The UK Food Standards Agency tested 300 products for the cancer-causing chemical acrylamide and found:

  • Raised levels in a range of foods from KFC meals to breakfast cereals
  • Increased quantities of acrylamide in 14 popular products
  • The largest amount was found in potato chips – fried and packaged
  • Raised levels were found in KFC fries
  • Breakfast cereals containing bran - cooked at a particularly high temperatures as part of the ‘extruded’ process, contained more acrylamide
  • Raised acrylamide levels were found in Tesco bran flakes, Sainsbury’s wholegrain bran flakes, the Co-op’s wheat bran flakes and puffed wheat sold by the Good Grain Company, Fox’s Ginger biscuits, TUC biscuits, Tesco ready salted crisps, Tayto cheese and onion crisps, Seabrook Sea Salted crisps, Pipers Anglesey sea salt crisps and the Co-op’s Sea Salt and Chardonnay crisps

The chemicals acrylamide and furan are formed when foods are roasted, toasted or fried at very high temperatures.  Higher levels of furan have been found in roast coffee and commercially-made popcorn.

The UK Food Standards Agency report as reported by The Daily Mail on 19 April 2013.


 

Posted: Wednesday 17 July 2013

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