Can Browned Toast and Potatoes Cause Cancer?

Sometimes a perfect brown toast and nicely fried french fries is all you need to make your day better. But you might want to re-think your meal choices as British Scientists suggest that this can be cancer-causing.  The Food Standards Agency says that starchy foods cooked at high temperatures for too long form acrylamide – a compound thought to be carcinogenic. So, Browned toasts can actually cause cancer.


Acrylamide is a chemical compound formed due to a chemical reaction between certain sugars and an amino acid (asparagine) in the food.  The chemical has been classified as a neurotoxin and a carcinogen. At temperatures above 120C, long cooking times can increase levels of acrylamide even further. And so roasting, frying, baking, grilling and toasting as all heightening the cancer risk which means over-cooking can be threatening to your health.


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What to do next?

The reports are not completely verified, only speculated but since precaution is better than cure, Here are few little harmless thing you can adopt.

  • Ditch over-cooking and go for a golden yellow colour when toasting, frying, baking, or roasting starchy foods such as potatoes, bread and root vegetables
  • Keep raw potatoes in a cool, dark place above 6°C.
  • Follow the cooking instructions carefully when heating oven chips, pizzas and roast potatoes
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes five portions of vegetables and fruit per day as well as starchy carbohydrates.
  • Cut down on consumption of crispy roasted potatoes.
  • Boiling, steaming and microwaving are far healthier.

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