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Hidden risks of acrylamide in everyday foods

Helmy, Andrew (2014) Hidden risks of acrylamide in everyday foods. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Most people in Western countries are familiar with common foodborne disease such as salmonella, primarily because these foodborne illnesses begin with improper handling of foods. It is rare that these illnesses stem from how food is processed and cooked prior to consumption. Acrylamide is different in that it is a food contaminant found in high concentrations when foods are prepared or processed at high temperatures. While this compound is classified as a Class 2A carcinogen based on animal studies, it has not been found to be a carcinogen in humans. Consuming moderate amounts of acrylamide containing foods may not lead to adverse health effects, but consuming large amounts on a regular basis may begin to affect an individual’s health. This compound, which most people are unfamiliar with, is important to public health in that the lifestyle of many American citizens consists of significant consumption acrylamide containing foods. Scientists are aware of the fact that it is difficult to change people’s actions and behavior, so they have decided to conduct experiments that will target intermediaries in the main pathway in the formation of acrylamide, the Malliard reaction. Scientists have been able to identify how increased consumption of this compound will affect individuals as a whole, but they have yet to determine dose-response relationships of how this compound interacts with various specific target organs.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Helmy, Andrew
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFabisiak, Jimfabs@pitt.eduFABSUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberKammerer, Candacecmk3@pitt.eduCMK3UNSPECIFIED
Date: 18 April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 22 May 2015 22:37
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2022 10:56


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