Acrylamide and Fried Foods: Should We Freak Out?
- Author(s): Anand, Vikram
- et al.
In April of 2002, the Swedish National Food Administration conducted a study where they found significant levels of the chemical acrylamide in fried foods such as potatoes and breakfast cereals . Acrylamide forms at temperatures above 350o F (180o C) when the amino acid asparagine reacts with starch or sugars via Maillard reaction [6,7]. Although this chemical has been shown to be carcinogenic in rats , a study could not correlate any increase in risk of bowel, kidney or bladder cancer with the heavy intake of these fried foods containing acrylamide . A possible explanation for this lack of correlation is that acrylamide is not present in sufficient quantities in these foods to cause appreciable toxicity or oncogenicity.