Acrylamides and
The Importance of Eating Healthy

Acrylamides are primarily found in starchy foods like potatoes that have been cooked at high temperatures.

When simple sugars (like glucose or fructose) and a free amino acid called Asparagine are present in a food.

And this food is subjected to high temperatures - a "browning reaction" is created and so will these toxins.

The importance of eating healthy and minimizing the formation of acrylamides will be essential to staying healthy.

As these toxins are a potent Neurotoxin (MSG is also one) and increases your risk of getting Alzheimer's Disease.

And you'll also be less able to detoxify your body with lower levels of Glutathione which gets depleted by Neurotoxins.

These toxins are more likely to be found in foods that contain starch and have been baked, fried, grilled or roasted.  And potatoes that have been fried in vegetable oils will probably contain the highest amount.

Acrylamides Increase Your Risk for:

  • Heart Disease
  • Nerve Damage
  • Damage to Male Reproductive Glands
  • Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Lowered Immune Function

These Foods Contain High Amounts:

  • Burnt Toast
  • French Fries
  • Potato Chips
  • Cooked Chocolate
  • Baked Desserts
burnt toast
  • Roasted Coffee
  • Crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Barbequed Foods
  • Grilled Foods
  • Fried Foods
  • Caramelized Foods
  • Roasted Nuts
  • Roasted Vegetables & Meats

How to Lower Acrylamide Levels

Lightly toast your bread rather than letting it go to a dark brown color.

Also, remove the crust from your bread to eliminate even more of this toxin.

Frequently turn your foods when your outdoors grilling - in order to avoid charring your food.

Also, boiling, steaming, or stewing your foods will produce very little amounts of this food toxin.

Baking breads that have been fermented for at least 24 hours or a prolonged yeast fermentation reduces formation of these toxins.

Eat more raw foods as there really are no detectable levels of acrylamides in raw foods.

This is one of the reasons why raw food diets can be very beneficial to one's health.

Buy sun-dried coffee beans instead of dark roasted coffee beans.

In general, cook your foods to a golden brown color - and not to dark brown.

Adding antioxidants such as rosemary to foods have proven to reduce levels.

And cooking with sweeteners like honey and similar sweeteners will probably produce higher amounts of this toxin - so don't bake with these types of sweeteners if possible.

The Importance of Eating Healthy

Again, the importance of eating healthy cannot be overstated!  You will want to eliminate as much of this food toxin as possible if you want to feel your best.

In general, just lowering your consumption of foods cooked at high temperatures and getting rid of habits such as tobacco smoking (which also provides an ample amount) will be a great start in reducing this Neurotoxin.


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