Did you ever try potato chips? Especially the ones that come neatly stacked inside cans. They are crunchy, spicy and delicious, aren’t they?
Scary, isn’t it? The first think you must do after reading this post is bid adieu to all those junk you had been eating. Of course, once you get to know how those canned chips are made and what they are filled with, you obviously would.
Because you only have two choices. Either say bye to canned chips or say hello to cancer.
How The Canned Potato Chips Are Manufactured
- The chips are placed on a conveyor belt over which they are pressed into molds. This gives them the curve that makes them fit one another.
- These chips move through boiling oil.
- Then they are blown till they get dry.
- The chips are sprayed with powdered flavours to enhance the taste.
- In the end these chips are moved onto a slow-moving conveyor belt where they get stacked.
What Do These Chips Contain?
Something hazardous, I am telling you.
These chips contain an ingredient called acrylamide, which is a cancer-causing and neurotoxic chemical. This ingredient is formed when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at extremely high temperatures. Guess what the brownish yellow surface on your chips is? It is the colour that forms when acrylamide is produced in your chips or French fries.
Am I Consuming Too Much Of Acrylamide?
Let me tell you something.
The limit set by the government for the amount of acrylamide in drinking water is 0.5 parts per billion. A mere six ounce serving of French fries has about 60 micrograms of acrylamide. Now you can imagine how much if it a can of chips would contain.So taking these figures into account, then maybe yes, we are indeed consuming shockingly high amounts of acrylamide.
Are Baked Chips A Better Option?
A worse option, to be frank. Baked chips are far worse than fried ones. As already discussed, acrylamide is formed whenever chips are cooked. And baking also is a form of cooking. According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, baked chips may contain three times the acrylamide levels as regular chips.
Acrylamide Is Just The Beginning
This toxic ingredient is just the tip of the iceberg. In 2003, a project termed HEATOX (Heat-generated Food Toxicants) was started. The findings of this project, which were published in 2007, revealed that there are more than 800 compounds that are generated under extreme heat. Of these, 52 are carcinogenic.
The HEATOX scientists also came up with another discovery. Consuming home-cooked foods would make you far less susceptible to these dangerous toxins when compared to the other restaurant or industry-prepared foods.
Other Toxins Produced Due To Cooking At High Temperature
You wouldn’t have heard the names of these toxins. But trust me, after you get to know what kind of harm these do to your body, you won’t forget them.
When meat is cooked at extremely high temperatures, these toxins are formed. The worst part of this kind of meat is the blackened section. Heterocyclic amines are serious cancer causing agents.
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
These are formed when the fat drips over the heat source causing excessive smoke. When this smoke surrounds your food, these cancer- causing agents can get transferred to your food.
Advanced Glycation End Products
These toxic agents don’t show an effect immediately. When you cook food at high temperatures, these elements are formed. And when you consume such food, these get into your body and get built up over time. You think you are healthy, but a few years down the line you might end up with oxidative stress and heart disease.
How Can I Avoid These Toxins?
The best thing you can do is to stick to raw and minimally processed foods as much as possible. Once any food item goes into boiling oil, it turns into something that shouldn’t be going inside your body. Try to fill at-least one-third of your diet with raw foods.
You can start with kicking out these culprits from your life:
- Canned chips and French fries
- All kinds of sodas
There are as many healthy foods as there are the bad ones. You only need to keep aside the unhealthy stuff and look at the healthy foods with an open mind!