Monday, December 03, 2007

How the fuck do they know?

This is just fucking insane: seriously, how do you measure the amount of burnt toast that someone's eaten?
Fresh fears have been raised over the safety of cooked foods as a wide-ranging study found for the first time that a common chemical caused by frying, roasting or grilling can double the risk of cancer in women.

Five years ago, scientists sparked a worldwide alert when they disclosed that many household foods contain the substance acrylamide, which was thought to be a probable cause of the disease.

[Picture caption: The EU has now advised people to avoid burnt toast or golden brown chips.]

Now a study involving 120,000 people - half of whom were women - has established a direct link between consumption of the chemical and the incidence of ovarian and womb cancer.

Research has shown that acrylamide is found in cooked foods such as bread, breakfast cereals, coffee and also meat and potatoes which had been fried, baked, roasted, grilled or barbecued.

Over to The Englishman for comment...
Health tip of the day - the only sure way to avoid cancer is to be dead and if you trust EU advice on anything rather than your own common sense than your brain probably already is.

Quite: this whole thing is completely fucking stupid. Besides, you know where "advice" from the EU leads: it leads to bans on advertising, then threats of bans leading to voluntary capping and then finally to a ban on the product concerned. Which, in this case, is anything that's not a cunting salad.

Fucking hellski...


Shug Niggurath said...

Here's some food for thought... this will be a great way of reducing everyone's carbon footprints - and force them to eat their 5 a day too, it's all good!

Anonymous said...

"meat and potatoes which had been fried, baked, roasted, grilled or barbecued"

So, cooked then. The Liberal offensive to force us to eat raw lentils grinds on...

Whenever I read a 'health scare' like this I pledge to have something tremendously unhealthy for lunch. Today I shall go for the egg, sausage, bacon and mushroom breakfast bap from the cafe...mmm...f*ck you nazis

Mark Wadsworth said...

I was told as a kid that if you eat burnt toast it makes your hair curl (who wants curly f***ing hair? was the silent retort) so all They need to do is map the incidence of cancer against hair-curliness and they've cracked it.

John A said...

"The study found that women who had eaten 40 micrograms (μg) of acrylamide a day (found, for example in a 32g pack of crisps) had double the risk of endometrial cancer and ovarian cancer than women in the lowest category."

Basically meaningless. The "lowest category" would be the women who died minutes after the initial survey of something other than cancer, or some other silliness like not having had any relatives diagnosed with cancer for six generations vs those whose parents and siblings all had known cancers.

This is reminiscent of the salt-hypertension hoo-hah from a US study that failed to note that the link only appeared in persons of Northwest African extraction. Can't be racist, after all.

John A said...

Good heavens!! Followed a link to "Over half of new mothers who die 'are obese'" [;jsessionid=SQVKCSN2Q1JMFQFIQMFSFFOAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2007/12/03/ncancer303.xml] - which is NOT what the body of the article said:

"The Cemach report criticises poor standards of care in maternity units..."

"Last week a report by the Healthcare Commission disclosed that one in four pregnant mothers had been left on their own during labour because of staff shortages."

"A combination of increasing numbers of obese women, older mothers and migrants who often do not seek access to health care until they are in labour [emphasis added] are thought to be the cause of the rise.

The report says a 'disproportionate' number of women who died came from the most disadvantaged groups in society: the poor, ethnic minorities and those with unemployed partners."

Albeit, admittedly, also present is "The NHS should not fund IVF treatment for women with a body mass index of more than 35, the society said." But then, recent stats show that BMI35 and over is linked to increased deaths (vs 25-32 BMI) in any case, not just while giving birth. Maybe the NHS should simply not treat anyone with a BMI greater than, say, 33 (indeed, I believe almost that was recently proposed)?

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