Just when we thought we knew all the bad news about starchy carbohydrates, along come disturbing reports of carcinogens in fried foods. Apparently, heating potatoes, corn, oats, or wheat at high temperatures (above 360 degrees) for prolonged periods, as in deep frying, causes a cancer-causing chemical called acrylamide to form. French fries, potato chips, doughnuts, and even oven-baked French fries contain acrylamide. This chemical is monitored in drinking water because of its ability to cause cancer.
What should you eat? Stay away from fried foods. In addition to acrylamide, they contain trans-fats that stimulate allergies, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. Don’t eat partially hydrogenated fats (contained in many packaged foods) for the same reason. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and raw foods. Orange fruits and vegetables contain vitamin A. Tomatoes are good (unless you have arthritis); they contain an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer. Limit the amount of wheat products if you are concerned about your weight, or if you have digestive problems or arthritis. Eat organic protein products, including dairy, chicken, eggs, or beef whenever possible.
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