Monday, May 17, 2010

The Truth About Potatoe Chips and French Fries>>>

These popular snack foods contain acrylamide, a known carcinogen(A carcinogen is a substance that is capable of causing cancer in humans or animals) and neurotoxin that is formed when foods are baked or fried at high temperatures. Basic foods eaten by millions around the world such as bread, biscuits, potato chips and french fries contain alarmingly high quantities of acrylamide, a substance believed to cause cancer. Research, carried out at Stockholm University in co-operation with experts at Sweden's National Food Administration, a government food safety agency, showed that the heating of carbohydrate-rich foods, such as potatoes, rice or cereals formed acrylamide, a much studied substance classified as a human carcinogen. "I estimate that acrylamide causes several thousand cancers per year in Americans," said Clark University research professor Dale Hattis.

When CSPI conducted tests on some popular brands of French fries and chips, they found that the acrylamide in a large order of fast food fries was at least 300 times the amount allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a glass of water.

"There has long been reason for Americans to eat less greasy French fries and snack chips," said CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson. "Acrylamide is yet another reason to eat less of those foods."

But that's not all. These foods also contain trans fats, the artery-clogging fat that's been linked to raising bad cholesterol (and lowering the good kind), and increasing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer.

Acrylamide in Foods: Micrograms per Serving ((TO ONLY POINT OUT A FEW...most of these brands represent larger products too...because as you know, they are all connected))

Water, 8 oz., EPA limit 0.12
Boiled Potatoes, 4 oz. 3
Old El Paso Taco Shells, 3, 1.1oz. 1
Ore Ida French Fries (from package), 3 oz. 5
Ore Ida French Fries (baked), 3 oz. 28
Honey Nut Cheerios, 1 oz. 6
Cheerios, 1 oz. 7
Tostitos Tortilla Chips, 1 oz. 3
Fritos Corn Chips, 1 oz. 11
Pringles Potato Crisps, 1 oz. 25
Wendy's French Fries, Biggie, 5.5 oz. 39
KFC Potato Wedges, Jumbo, 6.2 oz. (est.) 52
Burger King French Fries, large, 5.5 oz. 57
McDonald's French Fries, large, 6 oz. 72

The amount of acrylamide in a large order of French fries is at least 300 times more than what the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency allows in a glass of water. Acrylamide is sometimes used in water-treatment facilities.

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