Crispy fries may be linked to cancer
A chemical called acrylamide has been found to be commonly contained in crispy french fries, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
In a recent consumer update posted on its website, the FDA encouragee consumers to cut back on consumption of arylamide, which may be linked to increased risk of cancer.
Some studies conducted on animals have shown that high levels of arylamide are linked to increased risk of cancer. However, more research is needed—particularly long-term studies on humans—in order to better understand the link between arylamide and cancer development.
The FDA offers strategies on its website to help food manufacturers and operators to lower the amount of acrylamide in their foods. Since these strategies are not enforced, however, the FDA encourages consumers to do their part to cut back on eating foods with arylamide.
Besides crispy fries, the chemical acrylamide is commonly found in cereals, coffee, crackers, breads and dried fruits.