According to the World Health Organization and the Australia Food and Agriculture Organization, the chemical called Acrylamide can cause cancer.
You may be surprised at just how prevalent it is. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration recently published its latest research on the acrylamide content of common foods.
Here are those that topped the list:
How to Avoid Acrylamide ?
Thanks to a higher awareness of this concern, more and more farmers and food manufacturers are working to make their products with lower amounts of this chemical. However, there are also things you can do at home in order to lower your Acrylamide intake.
These things include:
Acrylamide can form when foods are fried or toasted to darker levels. By frying, baking, and toasting only lightly, you can lower the amount of the chemical found in the foods that you eat.
If you bake your own bread, add some rosemary to dough prior to baking -- just 1 teaspoon can reduce acrylamide by up to 60% ! The power of herbs are incredible and that is why I keep on stressing to my clients to drink gallons of herbal teas because the benefits are priceless !
If you want to avoid acrylamide altogether in your potatoes, steam or boil them. These cooking methods result in little or no acrylamide because the water keeps the temperature below the 250 degrees needed for an acrylamide reaction. As a general rule: Cook slower and at lower temperatures.
You may also want to include cancer-fighting foods in your diet. While researchers aren’t aware of any food that gets rid of acrylamide in your body, cruciferous vegetables are known cancer-fighters. Stock up on cancer preventative foods such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green tea, moringa, berries, garlic, ginger, turmeric and drink herbal teas such as rosemary and tulsi.
Can't resist that chocolate cake ? You might have a valid reason...
You may think your cravings are just part of day-today life, but they could be a warning sign that something is wrong with your diet. So before you give in to that desire, try curbing those cravings with healthy alternatives.
You might be deficient in: Essential Fatty Acids
Try replacing with: Fatty acids: omega-3s, chia seeds, walnuts, cashew nuts, flax seeds.
PASTA, WHITE BREAD, PASTRIES:
You might be deficient in: Chromium, a mineral that helps with functions such as digestion.
Try replacing with: Onion, romaine lettuce, tomato, sweet potato.
You might be deficient in: Iron
Try replacing with: Spinach, legumes, dried fruit. Eat fruit and vegetables high in vitamin C as this helps with iron absorption. i.e. squeeze lemon juice over your spinach.
You might be deficient in: Chloride (salt)
Try replacing with: Olives, tomato, celery, kelp (seaweed), broccoli, almonds and a little slice of feta cheese.
You might be deficient in: Magnesium
Try replacing with: Raw cacao nibs (beans, powder), pulses, nuts and seeds.
You might be deficient in: Calcium
Try replacing with: Sesame seeds/tahini, broccoli, kale, spinach, soybeans, okra.
You might be deficient in: Iron
Try replacing with: red meat, beans, chickpeas, moringa tea.
CURB THOSE CRAVINGS
Ginger and Moringa is an incredible pair known to promote better health and longevity.
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !