Or why 'well done' could leave you more than just 'browned-off'!
Acrylamide - a chemical created when we 'cremate' our food is seen as a looming risk to our long-term health. Another good reason for eating a raw food diet.
Here's a brief article published a short while ago on my 'Toxic Time Bomb' blog and unashamedly ripped-off and 'reprinted' here...
No more really crispy roast potatoes;-( no more darkly, crusty traditional loaves; no more home-made deep brown chips; no more over-cooked barbecue 'delicacies'!!...because...you may already be braced for it...it is yet another thing that could contribute to the risk of developing cancer!
Indeed give us only the insipid, the pallid, and at most the 'pale golden' roast or fried foods. If you have been a devotee of the dark and crunchy roast potato, if you have fought over a well cooked crust...now is the time to leave it to the unwary, the unwise and the unwitting.
Under intense heat that may be experienced, particularly in a high temperature oven or fryer - some elements of proteins react with natural sugars and fuse to a dark caramel brown in a process many may recall from chemistry class is termed the 'Maillard reaction'. The darker the brown (or more 'well-done the protein and sugar combination becomes) the more 'acrylamide', is formed.
Acrylamide is still under investigation - but food manufacturers have taken research findings made by Swedish scientists seriously enough to have been seeking ways of reducing acrylamide in many products since reports first surfaced in 2002.
Some suggest that this particular 'chemical nasty' may be one of the biggest health threats yet - and that it is its common occurrence in home-cooked (or should we say home 'over-cooked') foods that is the source of about 50% of the acrylamide we consume.
So next time you get the choice, opt for the lightly cooked - or at worst the 'pleasantly gilded' roasts and french fries - and remember that sticking to this 'golden rule' could be contributing to keeping you healthy!
If you haven't seen it yet be sure to give the video interview between Mike Adams and Davide Wolfe about the benefits of raw foods - a quick listen...for some fresh ideas about how to eat healthily!
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