Can blackened toast and crispy french fries lead to cancer? AICR weighs in

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Can burned toast and blackened potatoes lead to cancer? It’s a story making headlines today because of an initiative a UK government agency has taken to highlight a substance found in these products that are a “possible concern” for increased cancer risk.

The compound is called acrylamide and it’s generally formed when you cook up some starchy foods at high temperatures, over 120 degrees. The sugars and amino acids in the foods cause a reaction, the Maillard reaction, which leads to acrylamide.

In lab studies, animals consuming higher amounts of acrylamide get more cancer. Yet human studies on an acrylamide-cancer link are inconclusive.  Read more… “Can blackened toast and crispy french fries lead to cancer? AICR weighs in”

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    7 Healthy Gift Ideas for Kids

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    Still looking for holiday gifts for those little loved ones in your life? We have ideas, all health-focused. These gadgets and toys are one way to help kids move more and eat well, habits that can help keep them healthy as adults.

    And if you’re looking for health-focused gift ideas for your adult friends and family, we have those too.

    1. Hula hoops, lighted or not – This gift is for all ages. You can get one for you and one for your child so you can hoop together! Read more… “7 Healthy Gift Ideas for Kids”

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      It’s not that confusing. Diet and exercise matter for cancer prevention.

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      Not smoking will lower your risk of many cancers. Getting vaccinated will lower your risk of certain cancers. And eating a healthy diet along with exercising regularly will also lower your risk of certain cancers.

      It’s not that confusing.

      If you read a widely shared New York Times piece going around this week, you would think that you shouldn’t trust any evidence when it comes to diet and exercise and cancer risk. That’s not true.

      It’s not a single study, or even several. It’s looking at the entire body of research, systematically and thoroughly – what we do here at AICR – and what that shows is:

      The foods you eat will lower your risk because staying a healthy weight is so important for cancer prevention.

      -Getting at least 30 minutes of moderate activity a day reduces the risk of breast, endometrial and colorectal cancers. Emerging research suggests possibly more.

      Read more… “It’s not that confusing. Diet and exercise matter for cancer prevention.”

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