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#1 Old 04-27-2006, 11:21 AM
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I heard that Acrylamide is related to cancer. I heard someting like it's found in fries, chips and other things. I love vegan fries and chips but now I'm wanting to find out what this is about. I'm still trying to understand if Acrylamide is in water and how it relates to the fries and chips?
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#2 Old 04-27-2006, 11:51 AM
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http://www.foodrisk.org/acrylamide.cfm



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acrylamide
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My dad and I just had a conversation in email about this... here are some excerpts from it - though not necessarily in cronological order & somewhat mishmashed together.



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What are the Health Effects?



Short-term: EPA has found acrylamide to potentially

cause the following health effects when people are

exposed to it at levels above the MCL for relatively

short periods of time: damage to the nervous system,

weakness and incoordination in the legs.



Long-term: Acrylamide has the potential to cause the

following effects from a lifetime exposure at levels

above the MCL: damage to the nervous system,

paralysis; cancer.



http://www.epa.gov/OGWDW/contaminant.../acrylami.html

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We are slow in the USA, now they are talking about

2007 for addtional findings.



http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~lrd/pestadd.html#acrylamide



http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/news/2005/NEW01161.html

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In the UK

http://www.food.gov.uk/safereating/acrylamide_branch/



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It was Swedish research that found this. It seems

completely outside the radar of the US News agencies.



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This is a somewhat more popular version of the

dangers:



http://www.drgreene.com/21_978.html



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and some more links:

http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/acrydata.html



look at the baby formulas.



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Look at the number of times Acrylamide appears in

potato chips and french fries as compared to the safe

limit in water.



http://www.drgreene.com/21_974.html



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End excerpts.



HTH!!
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#4 Old 04-27-2006, 12:36 PM
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acrylamide, a known toxic substance possibly created by heating starchy foods to high temperatures



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The WHO expert panel unanimously concluded that the results of these studies are valid. They also unanimously agreed there is a major concern that the levels of acrylamide found in some potato chips and French fries could cause cancer. The amount of acrylamide varies from brand to brand, and between cooking techniques. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has commissioned testing of levels in some US brands. The acrylamide in a large order of fast food fries was at least 300 times the amount allowed by the EPA in a glass of water. One brand studied contained 600 times the EPA amount.



Thanks for all the links. I browsed through and found the above. I guess my next query is if I make my fries/chips at home with spring water, how risky is this? Anyone know?
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if I make my fries/chips at home with spring water



What I mean by spring water is washing my potatoes in it and then of course using oil to coat and bake them or fry them
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Thanks for all the links. I browsed through and found the above. I guess my next query is if I make my fries/chips at home with spring water, how risky is this? Anyone know?



the acrylamide formation is simply due to the high temperature the starchy materials are heated to (in this case, the potato).



this will not matter if you make it at home vs buying it somewhere. the levels may vary depending on temperature and time, but it will still contain acrylamide.
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