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Bread Causes Cancer?

Evil Dynovac

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1949000/1949413.stm

Staple foods including bread, chips and crisps, may contain high levels of a substance believed to cause cancer, a study suggests.
Tests showed they all contain high quantities of acrylamide, a chemical which is classified as a probable human carcinogen.

Researchers in Sweden found acrylamide was formed when carbohydrate-rich foods such as potatoes, rice or cereals are heated.

Such foods could pose a potential health risk to millions of people around the world.

The research was deemed so important that scientists took the unusual step of going public with their findings before the details had been officially published in an academic journal.

The study was carried out by Stockholm University in collaboration with experts at Sweden's National Food Administration, a government food safety agency.

Leif Busk, head of the Food Administration's research department, said: "I have been in this field for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this before."

The study found that an ordinary bag of crisps may contain up to 500 times more of the substance than the top level allowed in drinking water by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Fried Food Risk

French fries sold at Swedish franchises of US fast-food chains contained about 100 times the one microgram per litre maximum permitted by the WHO in drinking water, the study showed.

One milligram, or 0.001 gram, contains 1,000 micrograms.

The US Environmental Protection Agency classifies acrylamide, a colourless, crystalline solid, as a medium hazard probable human carcinogen.

Acrylamide induces gene mutations and has been found in animal tests to cause benign and malignant stomach tumours.

It is also known to cause damage to the central and peripheral nervous system.

Mr Busk said: "The discovery that acrylamide is formed during the preparation of food, and at high levels, is new knowledge.

"It may now be possible to explain some of the cases of cancer caused by food."

The Food Administration said fried, oven-baked and deep-fried potato and cereal products may contain high levels of acrylamide.

Experts at Cancer Research UK believe the study is highly significant.

The charity's carcinogens expert Professor David Phillips said: "We know already that the 'Western diet' leads to a different spectrum of cancers from those that are common in other parts of the world.

"It is likely that many aspects of our diet, rather than a single culprit, are responsible for this."

"We do not know for sure what the impact on human health of these levels of acrylamide in food is, but because it is a known animal carcinogen it is advisable that its formation during food preparation or production be minimised."

Cancer Research UK advises consumers to avoid a diet excessively high in fat and fried food.

It suggests people eat more fresh fruit and vegetables and avoid overcooked or burnt food.

"For the food industry there is now a responsibility to monitor acrylamide formation in food products and to find ways of minimising its formation," said Professor Phillips.

Margareta Tornqvist, an associate professor at Stockholm University's department of environmental chemistry said the consumption of a single potato crisp could take acrylamide intake up to the WHO maximum for drinking water.

However, she said the product analysis, based on more than 100 random samples, was not extensive enough for the Administration to recommend the withdrawal of any products from the supermarket shelves.

Stefan Eriksson, marketing manager for Burger King's subsidiary in Sweden, said: "We have received the information and we are evaluating what it will mean."

The Food Standards Agency said consumers do not need to change their diet in the light of this report.

The WHO said the study results were worrying, but that more research was needed.

Jorgen Schlundt, head of the WHO's food safety programme, said: "I am not saying that the world should simply stop eating these foods."

Mr Schlundt said the WHO planned to gather experts at its Geneva headquarters to examine the question, but it might be a couple of months before such a meeting could be held.

"We are not saying that everybody is going to be dying from this in 30 years, but we are saying that there is a potential problem and that we need to know more," he said.
 

Cheeka

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nooo I love bread, pasta, rice... all carbs!!
what doesn't cause cancer now?
I'm going to start eating dirt....
 

madnezz

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Originally posted by Cheeka
I'm going to start eating dirt....
actually i just recently read a study saying that eating earth causes osteoperosis (sp), arthristis, and something else (but eventually leads to cancer).

:p

adios
Laura
 

JayIsBored

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i eat bread while im in the tanning salon next to the nuclear power plant as well as smoking extra tar cigarettes and talking on my cel phone
 
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HappyJR

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in 10 years or so, it'll be found that the only way you can really eat without getting cancer is by plugging into a machine (conveniantly installed in every home) wich feeds you pre-digested liquids through IV.
 

Evil Dynovac

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Originally posted by HappyJR
in 10 years or so, it'll be found that the only way you can really eat without getting cancer is by plugging into a machine (conveniantly installed in every home) wich feeds you pre-digested liquids through IV.
And all this time I've been chewing like a chump!
 

FC St. Pauli

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Originally posted by HappyJR
in 10 years or so, it'll be found that the only way you can really eat without getting cancer is by plugging into a machine (conveniantly installed in every home) wich feeds you pre-digested liquids through IV.
and your state-prescribed sedatives

blessings of the state
blessings of the masses

buy now! buy more! buy! buy!
 

FC St. Pauli

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Originally posted by Cheeka
nooo I love bread, pasta, rice... all carbs!!
what doesn't cause cancer now?
I'm going to start eating dirt....
caveman diet's looking better and better

if it wasn't eaten before the agricultural revolution... don't touch it!

:p
 
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Tb303

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Everything causes cancer and there is no way you can have a healthy diet by not eating carbs. THis is so stupid, maybe we should look at the fact that we get old enought to get cancer. Cancer it seems will happen, it's just a matter of time how long you live.

Anyway I plan on changing nothing, just like one week tea is good for you the next it's not.
 

geminigirl

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Originally posted by H2Whoa
The whiter the bread, sooner you're dead.

...agreed, white bread is crap!.....No nutritional content.....empty carbs.....fat on your ass!......Dark bread is so much more yummy and better for you!:p

Maxine
 

echootje

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Originally posted by LoopeD
Know what causes cancer the most?

Studies...........


:)d
True nuff! Class action lawsuit in effect for stress related illness which leads to cancer! Who's with me :)

heh, it's fine, i didn't like *cough* Bread, Cereal, French Fries, Pizza, Pasta or Pastries....

*breaks down and cries*

Rob
 
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