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Heavy cooking causes cancer

Every year the evidence is mounting. Heavy frying, grilling and roasting of foods is a absolutely a sure fire way to increase your chances of developing cancer (thx Shayna).

Via BBC News

Dutch researchers quizzed 120,000 people on their eating habits, and found that women who ate more acrylamide [burned food] appeared more at risk [for cancer].

The Dutch study followed the 120,000 volunteers - 62,000 of whom were women - for 11 years after their initial questionnaire, during which time 327 of them developed endometrial (womb) cancer, and 300 developed ovarian cancer.

Why are these women getting cancer?

Analysis of these findings suggested that those who ate 40 micrograms of acrylamide a day - equivalent to half a pack of biscuits, a portion of chips or a single packet of crisps - were twice as likely to fall prey to these cancers compared with those who ate much less acrylamide.

Even though experts are saying "other factors could be to blame" and "urged women there was not need to panic", I say - actually, maybe you should panic. This is not one isolated study, this study is one of many and the finding are growing each year. Are you going to wait for the governments seal of approval that extremely heavy cooked foods are carcinogenic? Not happening anytime soon. Just check out their track record with cigarettes.

I'm not here to fear you into eating raw, but I will fear you (just a little) into at least cooking healthier. You don't need to go 100% raw overnight to protect yourself from these findings. If you are going to include cooked food in your regimen, stay away from heavily cooked (fried + grilling) and opt for lightly cooked (steamed + blanched + lightly baked).

I'm a firm believer that finding success in raw is not only about eating raw. It's also about cooking healthier.

I meet a lot of people who eat a high raw diet, but still include heavily cooked into their routine. Surprisingly, their chances of staying on a raw food diet, and being healthy over time, are much lower than someone who eats less raw food (say 50%), but only includes lightly cooked or slow cooked foods in their regimen.

Not all cooking is made equal and if you're going to have a real conversation about health success, you have to acknowledge that.