3. You may increase your risk of cancer
Speculation and science have bounced around the notion that fried foods like french fries can increase your risk of cancer or even flat out cause it. While the verdict is not concrete as it relates to humans, a recent study on rats found that a substance in french fries, called, acrylamide can cause cancer.
The results of the study published by the National Cancer Institute found that acrylamide is produced when vegetables that contain the amino acid asparagine, like potatoes, are heated to high temperatures in the presence of certain sugars. This happens when acrylamide is converted to a compound called glycidamide, which causes mutations in and damage to DNA structure, and can lead to cancer.
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