Dr Oz: Cancer-Causing Substance Found In French Fries & Potato Chips

By on January 30, 2013

Dr Oz: Acrylamides In Cookies Linked To Cancer

Dr. Oz shared an important health threat that you need to know about. If you or your kids are drinking sodas or citrus flavored sports drinks you need to read this information and take it very seriously. There is a chemical additive that has been banned in 100 countries, but still appears in these beverages in the U.S., but the FDA is doing nothing about it!

Dr Oz: French Fries Contain Cancer-Causing Substance

The next shocking health threat is a chemical that is found in starchy foods. Acrylamide is present when you roast, toast, grill, or fry your favorite starchy foods, like french fries, potato chips and crackers. If your favorites are golden brown and crunchy then they most likely contain Acrylamide. It has been linked to nerve damage and cancer, so why is it still in so many of the foods that you love?

Dr Oz: Cancer-Causing Substance Found In French Fries & Potato Chips

Dr. Alan Greene recommends soaking potatoes for 30 minutes prior to cooking them to reduce the risk for Acrylamides, which cause cancer.

Dr. Michael Jacobson explained that Acrylamide is not a food additive, but rather a substance that occurs when sugars react with an amino acid, and this has been happening since we have been able to roast or bake foods. Dr. Alan Greene said that families need to be concerned about this because nobody is doing it for us. The EPA protects from Acrylamide in our drinking water, because at high levels it can cause cancer or neurological damage. Dr. Greene said though, that there are no regulations for our food, but this substance can actually appear at levels 300 times higher in our food than is allowed in our water. While Dr. Greene said we don’t know much about the effects of Acrylamide, there is certainly a chance we could be healthier without it in our food.

Dr Oz: Cancer-Causing Substance Found In Potato Chips

Since there are no regulations, it is our responsibility as consumers to know what we are eating and where the Acrylamides are most present. Foods with the most surface area are those that pose the highest risk. For example, the darker you like your bread toasted the higher amount of Acrylamide you will be ingesting. Dr. Oz explained the combination that creates an atmosphere for Acrylamide to appear is in foods that contain sugar, protein building blocks and are cooked using high heat. He emphasized that it is not something that added to our foods, but instead it occurs because of the way certain foods are prepared.

  • Potato Chips
  • Toasted Breakfast Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Breads

Dr Oz: Soak Potatoes To Reduce Cancer Risk

Dr. Oz said we are most responsible for the amount of Acrylamide that we consume and feed to our families. He shared three steps that you can take to make sure you are getting the least amount of this cancer-causing substance into your body.

Prep Carbs Before You Cook – Soak Potatoes for 30 minutes prior to cooking them to lower the amount of Acrylamide by 38%. The longer you soak them, the lower the Acrylamide. Even just dunking them into water before cooking will reduce the substance.

Cut off Bread Crusts – Maybe your kids are onto something when they are always asking for the crusts to be cut off of their sandwiches.

Cook You Carbs Differently – Since we consume so many french fries, especially our kids, we probably will not eliminate them from our diet, but we can at least minimize our risk by cooking them slower and longer and to a golden yellow color rather than a golden brown. Other options are to boil, steam, or microwave your potatoes for the lowest risk of Acrylamides.

Include Cancer-Preventing Foods In Your Diet – Since we cannot avoid certain chemicals and substances altogether, Dr. Greene recommended adding cruciferous vegetables to your diet to help fight cancer. Foods like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussel sprouts are all great options to help reduce your risk for cancer. Eat just five servings of these particular vegetables every week to get the most benefit.

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