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French Fries now cause cancer..

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Deist, Jul 11, 2002.

  1. Deist

    Deist Guest

    *Before you read this keep in mind that Mcdonalds, the largest fast food chain out there has a CURE FOR CANCER foundation...the irony is just to great for word's.*

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Basic foods eaten by millions around the world such as bread, biscuits, potato chips and french fries contain alarmingly high quantities of acrylamide, a substance believed to cause cancer, Swedish scientists said on Wednesday.

    The research carried out at Stockholm University in cooperation with
    experts at Sweden's National Food Administration, a government food safety
    agency, showed that heating of carbohydrate-rich foods, such as potatoes,
    rice or cereals formed acrylamide, a much studied substance classified as a
    probable human carcinogen.

    The research was deemed so important that the scientists decided on the
    unusual step of going public with their findings before the research had
    been officially published in an academic journal.

    "I have been in this field for 30 years and I have never seen anything like
    this before," said Leif Busk, head of the food administration's research

    Findings unveiled at a news conference called by the food administration
    showed that an ordinary bag of potato chips may contain up to 500 times
    more of the substance than the top level allowed in drinking water by the
    World Health Organization.

    French fries sold at Swedish franchises of U.S. fast-food chains Burger
    King Corp and McDonald's contained about 100 times the one microgram per
    liter maximum permitted by the WHO for drinking water, the study showed.

    One milligram, or 0.001 grams, contains 1,000 micrograms.


    The Environmental Protection Agency classifies acrylamide, a colorless,
    crystalline solid, as a medium hazard probable human carcinogen.

    According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, acrylamide
    induces gene mutations and has been found in animal tests to cause benign
    and malignant stomach tumors.

    It is also known to cause damage to the central and peripheral nervous system.

    "The discovery that acrylamide is formed during the preparation of food,
    and at high levels, is new knowledge. It may now be possible to explain
    some of the cases of cancer caused by food," Busk said.

    "Fried, oven-baked and deep-fried potato and cereal products may contain
    high levels of acrylamide," the administration said.

    "Acrylamide is formed during the preparation of food and occurs in many
    foodstuffs...Many of the analyzed foodstuffs are consumed in large
    quantities, e.g. potato crisps, french fries, fried potatoes, biscuits and

    Among products analyzed in the study were potato chips made by Finnish
    company CHIPS ABP, whose shares fell 14.5 percent to six-month lows, as
    well as breakfast cereals made by U.S. Kellogg, Quaker Oats Co, part of
    PepsiCo Inc, and Swiss Nestle, and Old El Paso brand tortilla chips.

    "For us, these are completely new findings which have never before been
    known to the world's foodstuffs industry," CHIPS ABP said in a statement to
    the Helsinki stock exchange.

    Stefan Eriksson, marketing manager Burger King's subsidiary in Sweden, told
    Reuters by telephone: "We have received the information and we are
    evaluating what it will mean."

    Spokesmen for the other companies mentioned in the research were not
    immediately available for comment.


    Margareta Tornqvist, an associate professor at Stockholm University's
    department of environmental chemistry, said the consumption of a single
    potato crisp could take acrylamide intake up to the WHO maximum for
    drinking water.

    Busk said, however, that the product analysis based on more than 100 random
    samples was not extensive enough for the administration to recommend the
    withdrawal of any products from supermarket shelves.

    "Frying at high temperatures or for a long time should be avoided," Busk
    said, adding: "Our advice to eat less fat-rich products such as french
    fries and crisps, remains valid."

    He said the findings applied worldwide, not only to Sweden, as the food raw
    materials used in the analyzes had showed no traces of acrylamide.

    Swedish authorities had informed the European Commission and EU member
    countries, Busk said.

    "It is the first time we have come across such a result. We will evaluate
    this study and look at it but it is important to say that Sweden has not
    withdrawn any products from the market," said European Commission
    spokeswoman Beate Gminder.

    "Therefore we'll have to see what the scientific evaluation by our side and
    by scientists in the member states will bring about," she said.

    Liliane Abramsson-Zetterberg, a toxicologist at the Swedish food
    administration, said: "The cancer risk from acrylamide is much higher than
    (the levels) we accept for known carcinogens."

    But smoking, which is known to cause cancer, remained a bigger risk, she said.
  2. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 14, 2000 Messages: 17,017 Likes Received: 177
    yeah... I already heard about this and last time you posted there was a picture of cute girls...
  3. ubejinxed

    ubejinxed Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 12, 2001 Messages: 7,543 Likes Received: 3

    i didn't read the article but if it says anything bad about french fries then i'm doomed!!!!!!

    french fries are my sin!!!!!
  4. Lina

    Lina New Jack

    Joined: Apr 3, 2002 Messages: 31 Likes Received: 0
    Oh yeah. And chips/crisps (that's the word, right?) cause cancer too. If you eat 7,5 kilos daily. Yes, someone actually calculated that.

    The only reason they made their results public so early was to cause a scare and make sure their department got funding for the next five years or so.
    Some have also speculated that they released these results to scare people into eating more healty food.

    So I consider this to be total and utter bullshit until I see further proof that eating fried potatoes now and then actually increases the risk of me getting cancer.
  5. Wilt

    Wilt Guest

    who gives a shit..if you didn't know..everything causes cancer....
  6. Gnes 37

    Gnes 37 Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 30, 2001 Messages: 7,071 Likes Received: 2
    in one country eating to much fat causes cancer in another country eating lots of fat lessen cancer the key is is to eat wahtever you like... fuck it
  7. Zack Morris

    Zack Morris Veteran Member

    Joined: Jun 23, 2001 Messages: 9,728 Likes Received: 4
    god damnit....I just made some fucking hashbrowns and eggs and now I am afraid to eat them...thanks alot you fucking piece of shit...I would have rather not know that ANOTHER thing will give me cancer....I hope you get some form of cancer caused by ruining my mother fucking day
  8. willy.wonka

    willy.wonka Guest

    yeah, i was saddened until i hear the words, "fuck it."
  9. --zeSto--

    --zeSto-- Guest

    life causes cancer.

    deal with it.
  10. Deist

    Deist Guest

    Actually it wouldn't be profitable (As test are also being held in the U.S.) in quite a few nations to continue research. Mcdonalds is a huge corporation (The number one toy manufacturer in the U.S. as well) and they pull in large numbers as far as revenue goes with tax and profit.

    Lina stated the following : "The only reason they made their results public so early was to cause a scare and make sure their department got funding for the next five years or so. Some have also speculated that they released these results to scare people into eating more healthy food.

    So I consider this to be total and utter bullshit until I see further proof that eating fried potatoes now and then actually increases the risk of me getting cancer."

    So you believe that studies were conducted all over the world, specifically to raise health awareness, not by farmers, not by health food markets but by scientist's.. who would gain NO profit from a change in American nutrition? Hmmm...yea ..sure. Makes a lot of sense. If you want to argue research funding.. that would have to be a massive conspiracy against fast food chains.

    As far as it being "utter bullshit" because you haven't seen proof, theres testing on lab animals..mamals,apes for that matter who have been shown to be at higher risk of cancer after eating such foods.
  11. Deist

    Deist Guest

    Boo hoo. Cry me a river. You chose to come in here by your own choice.
    If your afraid to eat a hash brown thats your problem, get over it or perhaps you can go whine some where else... And if this really did ruin your day then..shit you need to get out more.
  12. Deist

    Deist Guest

    You obviously gave enough of a shit to reply and in case your not aware everything will not cause cancer. By using your thought process i could say that punching a rag doll twice would give a person melanoma. Im sure you'll reply with some comment meant to be cool or witty or defend yourself by saying its the internet and your not serious. Wonderfull.
  13. Gnes 37

    Gnes 37 Veteran Member

    Joined: Jan 30, 2001 Messages: 7,071 Likes Received: 2
    apon second thought i know a few vegetarians who avoid meat products because they cause cancer but now knowing fried/baked whatever potato cause cancer too might as well say theyre fucked too ha ha ha ha ha
  14. boogie hands

    boogie hands 12oz Legend

    Joined: Feb 15, 2001 Messages: 16,059 Likes Received: 13
    wow...something else that may or may not cause cancer...remeber when they used to tell you a glass of wine a day would keep you healthy and then it turned out people who drink a glass of wine a day tend to be in an upper income bracket and lead healthier lives anyway and it had nothing to do with wine at all...yeah, after that i realized scientists dont really know shit...

    if you generally live healthy youll be healthy...if you try and avoid everything science thinks is bad for you at the moment youll probably just turn into a malnourished stress ball and die at the age of 33...
  15. suburbian bum

    suburbian bum 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Jan 30, 2001 Messages: 14,673 Likes Received: 3

    Yes exactly everything does cause cancer. And i think thats the way god wanted it, we wernt ment to live forever.