‘No Link’ Between Facts and Scares
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researchers first argued in 2002 that acrylamide, a chemical formed
when starchy foods are cooked at high temperatures, could cause human
cancers. Since then, study after study has raised doubts about that
claim, each showing that people would have to consume
Guinness-World-Records portions of the substance for any realistic
increase of their cancer risks.
The Swedish scare
traveled the world as researchers launched their own investigations.
First, a 2003 study by Harvard researcher Dr. Lorelei Mucci (and
published in the British Journal of Cancer) demonstrated
link between acrylamide and human cancers. Then a 2003 Italian study
published in the International Journal of Cancer found no
link between fried potatoes and various human cancers. In 2007, after
studying 100,000 American women, the Harvard University School of Public
Health reported that there is no
link between acrylamide and breast cancer.
The acrylamide scare
has come full circle and back to its origin in Sweden. In a recent study,
published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers at
Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute confirmed that there is no link
between long-term acrylamide intake and breast cancer. Now another study,
also from Sweden and published in the International Journal of Cancer,
link between long-term intake of acrylamide and endometrial cancer.
Such a flurry of
evidence hasn’t stopped the news
media and health
organizations from misguidedly sounding the alarm, and offering tips
on how to avoid acrylamide poisoning. Here’s one from us: Do
not eat 182 pounds of French fries every day for a lifetime.
As is common with
overblown warnings like this, scaring health-conscious consumers away
from particular ingredients or foods often turns them away from vital
nutrients. Olives, almonds, asparagus, spinach, beets and prune juice are
all perfectly healthy acrylamide-rich foods.
In a world where people
eat more cheaply and with far greater choice than ever before, some
people always need a scare to cling to. But there are enough real scares
in this world. We can do without the bogus ones. And this should be among
the first to go.