Acrylamide is dangerous. Find out why.
It’s always hard to give up the things you love. When it comes to trying to conceive a baby, it’s all worth it.
What is acrylamide?
One hidden chemical found in many delicious foods is acrylamide. The National Toxicology Program has characterized acrylamide as carcinogenic and neurotoxic. It means that an overexposure to this chemical is dangerous and can affect your health, your fertility, and your baby.
How is acrylamide formed?
Acrylamide is formed when certain foods are cooked at high temperatures. Cereals, french fries, grains, and coffee beans produce acrylamide upon being fried. This foods are the ones you want to avoid when trying to conceive.
How to avoid acrylamide?
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the following precautionary measures should be adopted in order to reduce acrylamide during food preparation:
1. Soak potatoes before frying
2. When toasting bread, prefer a lighter brown color instead of dark brown
3. Boil, steam, or microwave rather than frying or baking
4. Avoid storing potatoes in the refrigerator
One example of changes you can make to your diet would be your choice of coffee. Instant coffee tends to have 100% more acrylamide than freshly roasted beans.
While it’s not possible to completely avoid acrylamide, a healthy diet consisting of grains, fruits, vegetables, eggs, beans, and nuts can help you reduce your health risks associated with acrylamide intake.
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