A Study done at the University of Stockholm, Sweden in 2002 demonstrated the toxic effect of high cooking temperatures on complex carbohydrates. For example, potatoes when cooked at high temperatures in trans fat become the potent cancer-causing plastic compound called acrylamide, as in French fries. Most commercial chips are high in trans fats, cooked in polyunsaturated oils like canola, soybean, safflower, corn and other seed and nut oils which produce large quantities of free radicals in the body. Dr. Joseph Mercola states, “These oils can cause aging, clotting, inflammation, weight gain and cancer.” He says, “One French fry is worse for your health than one cigarette.”
Researchers at Stockholm University summarized evidence of acrylamide’s presence in foods and performed a detailed analysis of acrylamide during heating. Carbohydrate-rich foods had high levels of acrylamide, with potato chips and French fries at the top of the list. Any item containing potatoes produced significant acrylamide upon being heated in microwaves or conventional ovens. The study also found greater amounts of acrylamide are formed as foods are heated to higher temperatures.
In press release/51 of June 27, 2002, the World Health Organization (WHO) disclosed: “Acrylamide is a chemical used in the manufacture of plastics. It was first discovered to be present in certain foods cooked at high temperatures. It is a known carcinogen and causes nerve damage. Foods in which acrylamide develops when cooked at above 120 degrees Celsius include potato chips, French fries, bread and processed cereals.”
The high temperatures used to cook French fries, bread, crackers and biscuits, chips, cereal and even pasta can cause the formation of this carcinogenic substance, acrylamide. The formation of acrylamide should give you much reason not to eat these things. When hearing of such reports, it makes even more sense to follow the diet that was given to us by the Creator, and utilize Nature’s laws, which will bring us directly to unheated fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.