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Just in Time for Hanukkah: Fried Foods Give You Cancer

Careful how many latkes you eat tonight, ladies (and Happy Hanukkah, too). A new Dutch study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, has shown that a carcinogenic chemical called acrylamide is produced in starchy foods that have … Read More

By / December 4, 2007

Careful how many latkes you eat tonight, ladies (and Happy Hanukkah, too). A new Dutch study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, has shown that a carcinogenic chemical called acrylamide is produced in starchy foods that have been baked, fried, roasted, and grilled.

In the study, researchers from the University of Maastricht in Maastricht, the Netherlands looked at data from 62,000 women and established a direct link between consumption of this chemical and incidence of ovarian and endometrial cancer.

The study showed women who had high intake of acrylamide were more than twice as likely to develop ovarian or endometrial cancer as those who ate a smaller amount.

While indulging in pan-fried potatoes over the next week won't kill you, you might want to think twice about how often you eat potato chips and fries from now on.

To make your latkes a tad healthier this Hanukkah, consult our handy list of oils and choose the best option for you.

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