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Monday, October 19, 2009

Warning: Fried Food Linked with Cancer

Researchers have found a strong link between fried food and cancer. One study found that those who ate fried meat had an increased risk of developing "female-hormone-related cancers, i.e., cancer of the breast, endometrium and ovary combined."1,2 Cooking meat and fish causes heterocyclic amine (HA) carcinogens.3 "Recently, another amine carcinogen, acrylamide, was found at relatively high levels in cooked carbohydrate-rich foods, especially potatoes."4 But making the assessment of risk difficult is the fact that cooked meat also contains specific anti-carcinogenic constituents.5

  1. "Intake of fried meat and risk of cancer: A follow-up study in finland." 2006. Paul Knekt, Gunnar Steineck, Ritva Järvinen, Timo Hakulinen, Arpo Aromaa. International Journal of Cancer. Vol. 59, No. 6, Pp. 756 - 760.

  2. Some studies suggest that there may be a link between eating cooked meet (such as hamburgers) and cancer. "[A] significant fraction of human cancer could be ther result of consuming AIAs from cooked meat." 1986. "Identification of the mutagens in cooked beef." J S Felton, M G Knize, N H Shen, B D Andresen, L F Bjeldanes, and F T Hatch. Environ Health Perspect. August; 67: 17–24.

  3. "A meat and potato war: implications for cancer etiology." 2006. James S. Felton and Mark G. Knize. Carcinogenesis. November 1. 27(12):2367-2370; doi:10.1093/carcin/bgl165.

  4. Ibid.

  5. Carcinogenesis. 1987. Dec; 8 (12):1881-7. "Anticarcinogens from fried ground beef: heat-altered derivatives of linoleic acid." Ha YL, Grimm NK, Pariza MW.

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