Acrylamide has been recently discovered in common food products. It is considered a carcinogen and may cause cancer in humans. High concentrations of Acrylamide are most often found in foods cooked at high temperatures, such as deep frying and baking. Studies have shown that foods high in carbohydrates and cooked in high temperatures have the highest Acrylamide concentration. Acrylamide is also found in natural foods, water and tobacco smoke.
Adverse Effects of Acrylamide
This chemical is a known cancer causing agent and can cause reproductive problems. Brain and central nervous system damage has been revealed in laboratory testing as well. While Acrylamide is commonly found in everyday food and used to treat water, only high concentrations are linked with cancer. The true dangers of this chemical are not yet fully known.
Current Status of Acrylamide
Studies are still being performed to determine the dangerousness of Acrylamide. The FDA and several other health organizations have warned about the possible effects of this carcinogen.