Do You Eat Burnt Foods? Beware Of These Health Hazards!

Once in a while mistakes occur and one could end up with burnt foods. While this is clearly a cooking error to some individuals, a few category of people intentionally prefer all their meals or certain meals to get burnt. From fried eggs to yam, beans, jollof rice and even toast breads, the burnt odour and colour seem to thrill them beyond ordinary explanation.

Let us get it straight, at the moment, there is no proof that consuming burnt foods actually cause any health hazard at all but there is growing concern as regards the relationship of burnt foods and some certain types of life threatening diseases which every reader of this post would want to avoid.

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What Actually Changes In Your Food When It Gets Burnt

There  are  potentially  harmful  chemicals  which  are  Acrylamide  and  polycyclic  aromatic hydrocarbons PAHs found in foods especially starchy ones. This chemical increases in these foods with higher temperature.  They are produced when sugar  and protein are  heated up during cooking process. Some of the foods that contains acrylamide and PAHs are toast breads, potato chips and many of the fries.

These harmful compounds have been associated with different forms of cancer tumour but a proper convincing research had not been carried out to ascertain this claim. Some research suggests the development of cancer in test animals that were fed with acrylamide and PAHs while others do not see any compelling evidence.

Furthermore, it is in record  that  in  the  year  2007, the European Union’s health advisors decided to take a precautionary approach, and recommended that people avoid eating burnt toast or golden-brown chips as they may contain unacceptably high levels of acrylamide.

Asides the fact that these burnt foods are high in this potentially dangerous compounds, the foods are as good as empty calorie since they supply no nutrient to your body. All the vitamins had been lost at the extremely high temperature. Most people who subscribe to these kinds of foods are sometimes confronted with other health complications.

Friends, do not get caught up in any hazard that could make you regret in years to come. Stay clear of burnt foods. They do not taste good and considering these dangerous compounds associated with them, they are not worth the risk.


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Oladipupo Abioye
Oladipupo is a Pediatric Nutritionist with Lagos State Ministry of Health. He is an adventurous foodie and loves to teach and render presentations on foods and nutritional topics at different symposia. He loves Messi but Chelsea FC is his baby.


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