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Potato Chips & French Fries

Posted by What's next? on June 25, 2002 at 23:07:26:

...Heard they might possibly cause cancer? (The way they're cooked I believe) Anybody hear about this?



Re: Potato Chips & French Fries

Posted by Jan on June 26, 2002 at 00:38:39:

In Reply to: Potato Chips & French Fries posted by What's next? on June 25, 2002 at 23:07:26:

Yes. There was a full scale health panic in Scandinavia and Finland after a Swedish study showed that heating starches produces acrylamides - known neurotoxins and carcinogens also capable of damaging DNA. The more you heat starches, the more acrylamides you end up with. Products like normal potato chips contain so much acrylamides that the World Health Organization's daily allowances are exceeded 2000-3000 thousandfold.

It was more downplayed in the news here in the USA. On CNN: "It's just one study" "More research is needed" (After all, let's not go to extremes and start thinking we really need to start eating unprocessed and fresh foods or anything)

In the Swedish study foods high in protein contained very little acrylamides. The worst foods when it comes to acrylamide content were potato chips and french fries...with things like cookies, bread and other starchy foods containing lesser, although clearly problematic amounts of acrylamide.

Cancer Risk Found in French Fries, Bread

Wed Apr 24,10:26 AM ET

By Peter Starck

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - 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, Swedish scientists said on Wednesday.

The research carried out at Stockholm University in cooperation with experts at Sweden's National Food Administration, a government food safety agency, showed that heating of carbohydrate-rich foods, such as potatoes, rice or cereals formed acrylamide, a much studied substance classified as a probable human carcinogen.

The research was deemed so important that the scientists decided on the unusual step of going public with their findings before the research had been officially published in an academic journal.

"I have been in this field for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this before," said Leif Busk, head of the food administration's research department.

Findings unveiled at a news conference called by the food administration showed that an ordinary bag of potato chips may contain up to 500 times more of the substance than the top level allowed in drinking water by the World Health Organization (news - web sites).

French fries sold at Swedish franchises of U.S. fast-food chains Burger King Corp and McDonald's contained about 100 times the one microgram per liter maximum permitted by the WHO for drinking water, the study showed.

One milligram, or 0.001 grams, contains 1,000 micrograms.

KNOWN HAZARD

The Environmental Protection Agency (news - web sites) classifies acrylamide, a colorless, crystalline solid, as a medium hazard probable human carcinogen.

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, acrylamide induces gene mutations and has been found in animal tests to cause benign and malignant stomach tumors.

It is also known to cause damage to the central and peripheral nervous system.

"The discovery that acrylamide is formed during the preparation of food, and at high levels, is new knowledge. It may now be possible to explain some of the cases of cancer caused by food," Busk said.

"Fried, oven-baked and deep-fried potato and cereal products may contain high levels of acrylamide," the administration said.

"Acrylamide is formed during the preparation of food and occurs in many foodstuffs...Many of the analyzed foodstuffs are consumed in large quantities, e.g. potato crisps, french fries, fried potatoes, biscuits and bread."

Among products analyzed in the study were potato chips made by Finnish company CHIPS ABP, whose shares fell 14.5 percent to six-month lows, as well as breakfast cereals made by U.S. Kellogg, Quaker Oats Co, part of PepsiCo Inc, and Swiss Nestle, and Old El Paso brand tortilla chips.

"For us, these are completely new findings which have never before been known to the world's foodstuffs industry," CHIPS ABP said in a statement to the Helsinki stock exchange.

Stefan Eriksson, marketing manager Burger King's subsidiary in Sweden, told Reuters by telephone: "We have received the information and we are evaluating what it will mean."

Spokesmen for the other companies mentioned in the research were not immediately available for comment.

NO PRODUCTS WITHDRAWN

Margareta Tornqvist, an associate professor at Stockholm University's department of environmental chemistry, said the consumption of a single potato crisp could take acrylamide intake up to the WHO maximum for drinking water.

Busk said, however, that the product analysis based on more than 100 random samples was not extensive enough for the administration to recommend the withdrawal of any products from supermarket shelves.

"Frying at high temperatures or for a long time should be avoided," Busk said, adding: "Our advice to eat less fat-rich products such as french fries and crisps, remains valid."

He said the findings applied worldwide, not only to Sweden, as the food raw materials used in the analyzes had showed no traces of acrylamide.

Swedish authorities had informed the European Commission (news - web sites) and EU member countries, Busk said.

"It is the first time we have come across such a result. We will evaluate this study and look at it but it is important to say that Sweden has not withdrawn any products from the market," said European Commission spokeswoman Beate Gminder.

"Therefore we'll have to see what the scientific evaluation by our side and by scientists in the member states will bring about," she said.

Liliane Abramsson-Zetterberg, a toxicologist at the Swedish food administration, said: "The cancer risk from acrylamide is much higher than (the levels) we accept for known carcinogens."

National Food Administration Press Release:

Acrylamide is formed during the preparation of food and occurs in many foodstuffs



Re: Potato Chips & French Fries

Posted by Lisa on June 26, 2002 at 01:36:12:

In Reply to: Potato Chips & French Fries posted by What's next? on June 25, 2002 at 23:07:26:

Looks like everything causes cancer, dont always believe everything you hear.

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Re: Potato Chips & French Fries

Posted by Maz on June 26, 2002 at 06:52:46:

In Reply to: Re: Potato Chips & French Fries posted by Jan on June 26, 2002 at 00:38:39:

The report in the National Press here in the UK said that the chemical was not found in boiled food - only fried, grilled or oven baked food.



Re: Potato Chips & French Fries

Posted by VF on June 26, 2002 at 07:41:27:

In Reply to: Re: Potato Chips & French Fries posted by Maz on June 26, 2002 at 06:52:46:

discovering fire has been our ruination. Guess we have to
eat raw.

VF

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Re: Potato Chips & French Fries

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 26, 2002 at 10:30:40:

In Reply to: Potato Chips & French Fries posted by What's next? on June 25, 2002 at 23:07:26:

Thanks, What's.

Old news being rediscovered.

Namaste`

Walt



Re: Potato Chips & French Fries

Posted by Joanie on June 26, 2002 at 11:55:52:

In Reply to: Re: Potato Chips & French Fries posted by Walt Stoll on June 26, 2002 at 10:30:40:

My parents are in theire 80's, Im in my 40's. my sister in her 50's, we ALL ate fries and potato chips over the years, we are ALL in superb health!! DON'T believe everything you see and hear!!!



Re: Potato Chips & French Fries

Posted by Donna E. on June 26, 2002 at 13:00:11:

In Reply to: Re: Potato Chips & French Fries posted by Joanie on June 26, 2002 at 11:55:52:

And undoubtedly fat or chubby and cellulite ridden too. But, hey, like Jan said "After all, let's not go to extremes and start thinking we really need to start eating unprocessed and fresh foods or anything". Even eaten in moderation, that food it NOT healthy - devoid of nutrition.

I can't believe you posted that Joanie - are you the same Joanie?

POTA - Protection of the Addiction This is just what I heard from the people in Lebanon with their teeth rotting out of their head and coughing up pieces of their lungs when they laugh, swearing the whole time they are healthy.

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Re: Potato Chips & French Fries

Posted by Raisa on June 26, 2002 at 13:19:36:

In Reply to: Re: Potato Chips & French Fries posted by Joanie on June 26, 2002 at 11:55:52:

Hi, Donna -
I seriously doubt that it was the Joanie we know. It doesn't sound like her, plus she always says "Namaste`".
When I was young, I loved french fries,potato chips, and anything fried!! But if I or any of my family ate that very much, we always gained weight, which was definitely not wanted! So, even though we didn't believe that it was as unhealthy as we now know it is, we still didn't eat it!
Did I make any sense? HOpe you know what I mean! :o)
Raisa



Re: Potato Chips & French Fries

Posted by Donna E. on June 26, 2002 at 14:03:37:

In Reply to: Re: Potato Chips & French Fries posted by Raisa on June 26, 2002 at 13:19:36:

Loud and clear - agree with you, thanks.

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Re: Potato Chips & French Fries

Posted by The Original Joanie on June 26, 2002 at 14:04:18:

In Reply to: Re: Potato Chips & French Fries posted by Joanie on June 26, 2002 at 11:55:52:

Nope that wasn't me!!! I'm certainly not in superb health, and I wish I was in my 40's again. :o)

Namaste`

Joanie

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Re: Potato Chips & French Fries (Archive in human genome.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 27, 2002 at 12:43:07:

In Reply to: Re: Potato Chips & French Fries posted by Joanie on June 26, 2002 at 11:55:52:

Joanie.

Have you ever heard of the "Bell Curve"? You all are genetically fortunate tho live at the top end of the curve for this risk. Most of the rest of us are not nearly so resistant. If you are interested, look at all the recent research.

Walt

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Re: Potato Chips & French Fries

Posted by Jan on June 27, 2002 at 12:56:54:

In Reply to: Re: Potato Chips & French Fries posted by Joanie on June 26, 2002 at 11:55:52:

DON'T believe everything you see and hear!

Another poster said the same thing on this topic.

There has to be a better way to filter incoming information than swallowing it whole or total disbelief. NEITHER way are you exercising any discrimination.

I prefer "Trust, but verify."

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