A Sprig of Protection

Do you eat potatoes, toast, crackers, chips, cereal, or other carbohydrate-rich foods cooked at high temperatures? If so, you’re exposing yourself to acrylamide – a dangerous carcinogen that’s been linked to several types of cancer in humans.

To prevent exposure to acrylamide, your best bet is to avoid these high-glycemic, nutrient-void foods altogether. But for the occasional indulgence, there’s something you can do to protect yourself. Just add some rosemary.

Recent research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that adding a small amount of rosemary to dough prior to baking wheat-based buns at 225 C (437 F) reduced the acrylamide content by up to 60 percent.

So if you choose to roast some redskin potatoes or make whole-grain bread from scratch – add a bit of rosemary to boost flavor and help protect yourself from this harmful carcinogen.

[Ed. Note: Part of staying healthy is knowing which foods to eat – and which ones to avoid. Making good choices can help you live a long and healthy life. And talk about a healthy food that tastes fantastic… nutrition expert Kelley Herring has developed a chocolate cake so rich and delicious that you won’t believe it’s good for you. Get your own slice here.]

Kelley Herring

Kelley Herring is the Founder & CEO of Healing Gourmet – a multimedia company that educates on how foods promote health and protect against disease. As a young adult, Kelley battled a debilitating health condition that went misdiagnosed by multiple doctors for more than a year. Finding no help from “modern medicine”, she turned to her own knowledge of biochemistry and her passion for health research. She soon learned that her symptoms were related to nutrition and within weeks, she charted a course back to health with nothing more than simple lifestyle changes and the power of the plate. The lessons she learned spawned the creation of Healing Gourmet. Kelley is a firm believer in vigorous exercise, moderate sun exposure and delicious, healthy, home-cooked meals. She is also the creator of Healing Gourmet’s Personalized Nutrition Software and Editor-in-Chief of the Healing Gourmet book series published by McGraw-Hill including Eat to Fight Cancer, Eat to Beat Diabetes, Eat to Lower Cholesterol and Eat to Boost Fertility.