Doctor Kashuh: foods with starch and trans fats can be carcinogenic

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Gastroenterologist Ekaterina Kashukh told how carcinogens penetrate into the human body with food.

Doctor Kashukh said that carcinogens are are chemicals that increase the risk of developing cancer.

“Water, air, soil, building materials, household chemicals often contain carcinogens. Food can sometimes also become a source of these poisons,” the specialist shared with Life.
In particular, Kashukh specified, foods with starch can be carcinogenic. When exposed to heat, such products become a source of the carcinogen acrylamide, a provocateur of cellular mutations leading to the appearance of malignant tumors.

“Most of the carcinogen acrylamide is found in potato dishes that were cooked at temperatures above 120 degrees,” the doctor informed.
In addition, vegetable oil, which is heated to a temperature of more than 200 degrees, becomes a carcinogenic product. When the oil smokes during frying, compounds potentially dangerous to the body appear in it – glycidyl ethers. These substances are suspected of causing tumors in the mammary glands, kidneys and liver under their influence.

Doctor Kashukh also warned about the dangers of trans fats, especially artificial ones. Their rich source is cooking oil and margarine. Thus, the most saturated trans fats are baked goods and confectionery. The problems of high cholesterol and blockage of blood vessels, susceptibility to hypertension, coronary heart disease are closely related to the use of these trans fats. But artificial trans-fatty acids can also have a carcinogenic effect.

“Carcinogens tend to accumulate in the body and poison it gradually,” the doctor warned.
Earlier, portal wrote about the cases in which eating potatoes and tomatoes increase the risk of cancer.

Important! Information provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. Seek medical attention at the first sign of illness.

Ekaterina Kashukh Ekaterina Kashukh Health gastroenterologist