In a recently released article, scientists studied “strongly heated carbohydrate-rich food” (i.e., French fries) and cancer risk. Frying potatoes produces a compound called acrylamide. Acrylamide has been theorized as a cancer-promoting compound. But more recent research has shown that high-acrylamide foods such as coffee do not, in fact, increase cancer risk.
The authors of this study took the investigation further, however. They measured the micronucleus frequency of human erythrocytes in peripheral blood (fMNs). This
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