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The (possibly) poisonous molecule that results
from cooking starchy foods at high temperature.

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Simon Cotton
University of Birmingham

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Molecule of the Month August 2016
Also available: JSMol version.

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Another chemical that is bad for you?

Yes, though as usual that depends on how much you consume.

But it is in food!

Yes, but only in some foods, and cooked ones at that.

What do we know?

Acrylamide (a.k.a. prop-2-enamide) has always been present in some cooked foods, but it was not until 2002 that it was detected by some Swedish scientists.

In which foods did they find it?

They were looking at a range of foods. They found that acrylamide formation was associated with carbohydrate-rich foods, rather than protein-rich ones. Furthermore, acrylamide was associated with foods that had been heated above 120ºC (~250ºF); that is, fried, roasted or baked, rather than boiled or uncooked food. The foods high in acrylamide typically included potato crisps (‘chips’ in North America); chips (‘French fries’) and toasted bread, as well as in roasted coffee beans. Dairy, meat or fish products are much less likely to contain acrylamide.

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Roast potatoes.



Are ‘organic’ foods safer?

It’s the type of cooking that causes the acrylamide, together with the presence of carbohydrate. So you are just as likely to get acrylamide formed from organic bread or organic potatoes as from non-organic varieties. Acrylamide is also formed when tobacco is smoked (1-2 µg per cigarette), so smokers are more exposed to acrylamide than non-smokers.

Anyway, why did they look for acrylamide in food in the first place?

During 1997, a railway tunnel was being constructed through Hallandsås, a bedrock ridge on the Bjäre peninsula in southern Sweden, part of a project to build a new line that avoided the gradients involved in the old line over the ridge.

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The tunnel under construction.

The plan of the Hallandsås tunnel.

Cows nearby started to show strange symptoms – staggering around, with some collapsing and dying. This prompted an investigation that showed they had been drinking contaminated stream water. The contamination was acrylamide, which originated from the use of polyacrylamide as a crack sealant in the tunnel – the polymerisation process was not complete. Fish in a fish-farm downstream of the tunnel also died. Tests were immediately carried out on construction workers to see if they had unsafe levels of acrylamide. When Margareta Törnqvist of the University of Stockholm examined a control group – who had no known exposure to industrial acrylamide – she found that they had surprisingly high amounts of acrylamide in their blood. First she thought that burgers might be the cause; then she discovered high levels of acrylamide in potato products like fried potatoes, chips (French fries) and crisps.

How is the acrylamide formed?

Acrylamide forms from some sugars and one particular amino acid (asparagine) in a Maillard reaction. Maillard reactions, discovered by Louis-Camille Maillard in 1912, are responsible for the generation of aroma molecules and also the browning of food in cooking.

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How did they detect the acrylamide?

In the blood, it binds to the N-terminal amino-acid valine in the protein chains of haemoglobin. This test uses a fluorinated Edman reagent (pentafluorophenyl isothiocyanate) to specifically detach the valines, which gives a derivative of N-substituted valines that can be analysed by gas-chromatography mass-spectroscopy (GC-MS).

Does acrylamide get its name from the acrid smells of cooking?

Only indirectly. It is structurally related to the sharp-smelling acrolein (prop-2-enal), which is formed when cooking oil or fat burns. This does have a sharp and unpleasant smell, leading someone to derive its name from the Latin acer (sharp) and olere (smell).


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It is mainly used to make polyacrylamide by polymerising acrylamide – in a similar way to polymerising ethene (MOTM December 2006) or tetrafluoroethene (MOTM June 2009). Its greatest use is in water treatment, with others which include acting as a grouting agent in construction industries. Polyacrylamide is used in applications which include being a flocculating agent to waste-water, when it causes suspended particles in the water to aggregate. Specialist uses include, for molecular biologists, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis to separate charged molecules, as in the photo, right.

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Acrylamide and Polyacrylamide

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So should I stop eating foods that are high in acrylamide?

Foods only become high in acrylamide after they are cooked, and how high an acrylamide level depends upon how you cook them. It is only when you cook at above 120ºC that acrylamide levels rise significantly.

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Acrylamide concentrations (μg per kg) corrected for weight loss in French-fried potatoes in a temperature=programmed oven.
[Taken from: E. Tareke et al., J. Agric. Food Chem., 2002, 50, 4998]

A ‘golden rule’ has been suggested: cook food until it goes yellow, not brown or black. This restricts acrylamide formation, though if you cook at too low a temperature you are less likely to kill off bacteria, so there is more risk of food poisoning.

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A nicely cooked turkey

I'd avoid eating this one, though...

What actually is the health risk associated with acrylamide?

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Concern has centred on acrylamide and its more cytotoxic metabolite, glycidamide, an epoxide of acrylamide formed through the action of P-450 type enzymes; they damage DNA and cause cancer. Acrylamide caused cancer in animals in studies where animals (lab-rats and mice) were exposed to acrylamide at very high doses, some 1000 to 10,000 times normal human exposure levels. Most human studies have shown no increased risk, but there are exceptions. In a 2007 study, increased risks of postmenopausal endometrial and ovarian cancer were associated with increasing dietary acrylamide intake, particularly among people who had never smoked, but the risk of breast cancer was not associated with acrylamide intake. In 2010, the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) concluded that acrylamide is a human health concern, and counselled more studies. A recent review of available data (2015) concluded: ‘This systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiological studies indicates that dietary acrylamide is not related to the risk of most common cancers. A modest association for kidney cancer, and for endometrial and ovarian cancers in never smokers only, cannot be excluded.

So far, it appears that at the levels at which it is produced, acrylamide in food is not a confirmed carcinogen in humans.

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However, the USA being the USA (the land of ambulance-chasers) there has been a lawsuit in the US claiming that food manufacturers had failed to warn consumers about the hazards of acrylamide. California’s proposition-65 rule requires warning labels to be placed on products that contain chemicals linked to cancer, so that companies like Dunkin’ Donuts and Seattle’s Best Coffee were liable as they had not labelled their products accordingly. The result was that acrylamide must be labelled in consumer products in California and some manufacturers have agreed to reduce levels of the chemical in their foods.

Is there a downside to this?

If you follow the cooking guidelines, your food may not be as tasty, since grilling, baking or toasting does produce a lot of molecules that enhance flavour. If you have a ‘healthy diet’, with lots of fruit, vegetables and whole grain food, none of which contain acrylamide, things are easier. It is a question of proportion. As Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (played by Michael Conrad) used to say at the daily roll call in the TV programme Hill Street Blues, ‘Let’s be careful out there’.

Oh, by the way, the Hallandsås railway line, including the tunnel, eventually opened in 2015, 20 years after the original forecast for completion. It’s not just the British HS2 railway building project that takes time!

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  • Polyacrylamide fact sheet

Acrylmide and diet

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Detecting acrylamide

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Acrylamide lawsuit

The Halandsås Tunnel project

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What is the molecular structure of acrylamide? ›

Acrylamide (or acrylic amide) is an organic compound with the chemical formula CH2=CHC(O)NH2. It is a white odorless solid, soluble in water and several organic solvents.

Do all French fries contain acrylamide? ›

Acrylamide can form naturally from chemical reactions in certain types of starchy foods, after cooking at high temperatures. Some foods with higher levels of acrylamide include French fries, potato chips, foods made from grains (such as breakfast cereals, cookies, and toast), and coffee.

What best describes acrylamide? ›

Acrylamide is a chemical substance formed when starchy foods, such as potatoes and bread, are cooked at high temperatures (above 120°C). It can be formed when foods are: baked. fried.

How is acrylamide formed in the Maillard reaction? ›

Here we show how acrylamide can be generated from food components during heat treatment as a result of the Maillard reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars. We find that asparagine, a major amino acid in potatoes and cereals, is a crucial participant in the production of acrylamide by this pathway.

What is the meaning of acrylamide? ›

Acrylamide is a chemical used primarily to make substances called polyacrylamide and acrylamide copolymers. Polyacrylamide and acrylamide copolymers are used in many industrial processes, such as the production of paper, dyes, and plastics, and in the treatment of drinking water and wastewater, including sewage.

What is acrylamide made of? ›

Acrylamide forms from sugars and an amino acid (asparagine) during certain types of high-temperature cooking, such as frying, roasting, and baking.

Does all peanut butter have acrylamide? ›

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration monitors acrylamide levels in certain foods, and amounts in peanuts and peanut products are low or undetectable. If present, acrylamide naturally forms when peanuts are roasted; it is not added to peanut butter by manufacturers.

Is peanut butter high in acrylamide? ›

French fries top the "bad" list. Also, packaged cookies, cereals, crackers, potato chips, pretzels, and peanut butter showed high levels of acrylamide.

Is oatmeal high in acrylamide? ›

Breakfast cereals – cornflakes and all-bran flakes are the worst offenders, while porridge oats contain no acrylamide at all.

What causes acrylamide to form? ›

Acrylamide is a substance that forms through a natural chemical reaction between sugars and asparagine, an amino acid, in plant-based foods – including potato and cereal-grain-based foods. Acrylamide forms during high-temperature cooking, such as frying, roasting, and baking.

What are the dangers of acrylamide? ›

► Acrylamide is a PROBABLE CARCINOGEN in humans. There is some evidence that it causes cancer of the pancreas in humans and it has been shown to cause central nervous system, mammary, scrotum, and other types of cancers in animals. a carcinogen. glands) and may decrease fertility in males.

Is acrylamide in all coffee? ›

All types of coffee containing roasted beans contain some acrylamide. Coffee substitutes, such as cereal and chicory root coffees, also contain acrylamide if they have undergone a roasting process. The only type of coffee that does not contain acrylamide is that which contains unroasted, or green, coffee beans.

At what temperature does acrylamide form? ›

Acrylamide usually forms at elevated temperatures used when frying or baking (above 120 °C (248 °F)) and in low moisture conditions. Acrylamide can form in some potato-based foods during certain types of high-temperature cooking.

How do you stop acrylamide formation? ›

Use the lowest oven temperature possible for the food. Baking foods to a golden yellow, or lighter colour, and at lower oven temperatures will reduce acrylamide levels. When cooking foods such as toast and toasted sandwiches do not over-toast or burn.

Does boiling potatoes cause acrylamide? ›

Boiling potatoes and microwaving whole potatoes with skin on to make “microwaved baked potatoes” does not produce acrylamide. [Based on FDA studies.] Soaking raw potato slices in water for 15-30 minutes before frying or roasting helps reduce acrylamide formation during cooking.

Is there another name for acrylamide? ›

From the chemistry perspective, acrylamide is a vinyl-substituted primary amide (CONH2).
Preferred IUPAC name Prop-2-enamide
Other names Acrylamide Acrylic amide
CAS Number79-06-1
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What products contain acrylamide? ›

FDA chemist Lauren Robin explains that acrylamide is a chemical that can form in some foods—mainly plant-based foods—during high-temperature cooking processes like frying and baking. These include potatoes, cereals, coffee, crackers or breads, dried fruits and many other foods.

What is the function of acrylamide? ›

Acrylamide is used to make polyacrylamide, which is mainly used in treating waste water discharge from water treatment plants and industrial processes.In addition, acrylamide and polyacrylamides are used in the production of dyes and organic chemicals, contact lenses, cosmetics and toiletries, permanent-press fabrics, ...

What are examples of acrylamide? ›

Frying, baking, or roasting certain foods, such as potatoes or grains, can create acrylamide. French fries and potato chips, for example, may have measurable acrylamide levels. Acrylamide is also found in cigarette smoke.

Why do potato chips have acrylamide? ›

Acrylamide is a substance that forms through a natural chemical reaction between sugars and asparagine, an amino acid, in plant-based foods – including potato and cereal-grain-based foods. Acrylamide forms during high-temperature cooking, such as frying, roasting, and baking.

Do Cheetos have acrylamide? ›

Snack samples like potato crisp, fried potato, popcorn, and Cheetos have been known as carbohydrate- and protein-rich food. These tasty foods have high potential to contain acrylamide.

Do bananas have acrylamide? ›

The formation of acrylamide in both banana varieties was enhanced with an increase in both reducing sugars (glucose and fructose). This research demonstrated that the formation of acrylamide was strongly dependent on the concentration of, both glucose and fructose.

Do Sweet potatoes have acrylamide? ›

Sweet potato starch contains the natural precursor of acrylamide (AA) which is a neurotoxic compound. Therefore, reducing the amount of AA in fried and baked sweet potato chips is critically important. Raw sweet potato not only contains starch but also other nutrients.

Is acrylamide in all popcorn? ›

Microwaved corn contains lower amounts of acrylamide than other methods of preparation. The type of popcorn also had an effect on the amount of acrylamide with Meta-regression. It was found that sweet popcorn contains higher amounts of acrylamide.

Does dark chocolate have acrylamide? ›

How much acrylamide is in a Hershey's dark chocolate bar? One 43 gram bar contains approximately 30 grams of cocoa powder (70% cocoa solids). Hershey's cocoa powder contains 909 µg/kg of acrylamide, and when multiplied by 0.03 kg (30 grams), this yields 27.3 µg total acrylamide.

Does chicken contain acrylamide? ›

Deep-fat-fried chicken meat had higher acrylamide (n.d.-6.19 μg/kg) and total PAH (2.64-3.17 μg/kg) air-fried chicken meat (n.d.-3.49 μg/kg and 1.96-2.71 μg/kg). However, the thawing method did not significantly affect the formation of either acrylamide or PAHs.

Do McDonald's fries have acrylamide? ›

“Acrylamide is yet another reason to eat less of those foods.”
New tests confirm acrylamide in American foods.
Acrylamide in Foods: Micrograms per Serving
Water, 8 oz., EPA limit0.12
Burger King French Fries, large, 5.7 oz.59
McDonald's French Fries, large, 6.2 oz.82
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Does green tea have acrylamide? ›

Among the analyzed samples, the green tea contained low amounts of acrylamide ranged from 10 to 18 μg kg1, and thus the green tea could be considered as a healthier hot drink. A great variation of acrylamide formation has been observed in these food products.

Do black olives have acrylamide? ›

Various levels of acrylamide have been found in black ripe olives. In a survey of black ripe olives in US market, a wide range of acrylamide (375–1925 μg/kg) was found (U.S. Food and Drug Administration – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, 2006 – – ).

Do nuts have acrylamide? ›

Nuts and seeds contain both acrylamide precursors (free asparagine, glucose or fructose) in different amounts. Therefore, the formation of acrylamide via the Maillard reaction in such foods is a possible phenomenon in temperature higher than 120 °C [3, 11, 12].

Should I be worried about acrylamide? ›

Is acrylamide really harmful? Acrylamide can definitely be harmful. Yet, as is often the case in nutrition, the devil is in the dose. Workplace exposure to very high doses of acrylamide can cause nerve damage and disorders of the nervous system ( 13 , 14 ).

What does acrylamide do to the brain? ›

Acrylamide can modify the cysteine residues of presynaptic proteins, thereby significantly reducing the neurotransmitter release, which eventually leads to process degeneration [7,12].

How do you avoid acrylamide in coffee? ›

Is there anything I can do to reduce the acrylamide in my cup of coffee? Darker roast coffees are thought to have less acrylamide than lighter roasts, and higher quality Arabica coffees roasted at high heat and brewed for shorter duration are thought to have less acrylamide, too.

Are air fryers acrylamide? ›

Air frying equipment is not known to cause cancer, but the process of air frying does result in the formation of certain compounds, like acrylamide, which are linked to cancer development. Acrylamides are chemicals that are classified as probable human carcinogens.

Do air fryers cause acrylamide? ›

Not only does air frying still run the risk of creating acrylamides, but polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocyclic amines can result from all high-heat cooking with meat. These compounds have associations with cancer risk, according to the National Cancer Institute .

Is acrylamide in drinking water? ›

You may also be exposed to acrylamide in your drinking water. Some treated drinking water from public water systems contains small amounts of acrylamide impurities after polyacrylamides are used to treat the water.

Can acrylamide be removed from the body? ›

Drinking more water, a lot more water for some of us, will probably be the most important thing you can do to get rid of Acrylamide. However, make sure you are drinking pure water; otherwise you may inadvertently increase your exposure. Taking herbs to improve kidney and liver detoxification may be helpful.

Does Starbucks coffee have acrylamide? ›

Acrylamide is a carcinogenic chemical that is produced when coffee beans are roasted. It has been found in high levels in Starbucks Via coffee.

Does black coffee have acrylamide? ›

Coffee in fact, forms one of the principal dietary sources of acrylamide, where it is normally drunk in large quantities throughout many countries worldwide that includes Poland.

What four measures can help keep acrylamide? ›

Harvesting time at the end of the growing season when the concentration of sugars are at a minimum level. Storage of potato tubers at temperatures not lower than 8-12 C. Avoidance of high (>180-190 C) frying and baking (>250 C) temperatures. Avoidance of long frying and baking times.

Does microwaving produce acrylamide? ›

The published studies showed that microwave heating at a high power level can cause greater AA formation in products than conventional food heat treatment. The higher content of acrylamide in microwave-heated foods may be due to differences in its formation during microwave heating and conventional methods.

Do tortilla chips have acrylamide? ›

The content of acrylamide in corn/tortilla chips, popcorn, and corn flakes, as widely consumed products all over the world, is reported in the literature to be between 5 and 6360 μg/kg, between <LOD and 2220 μg/kg and between <LOD and 1186 μg/kg, respectively.

Does avocado oil have acrylamide? ›

Avoid high acrylamide foods.

Yes, this means even the organic potato chips cooked in avocado oil! These still contain acrylamide.

Does almond flour have acrylamide? ›

Almond Flour

It can contain extra nutrition like magnesium, iron, and calcium because it is made solely from almonds. However, almonds roasted at high temperatures may produce acrylamide - a carcinogen. The acrylamide content of roasted almonds is highly dependent on the process and temperature.

Do baked chips have acrylamide? ›

In baking, however, the highest acrylamide level was observed in potato chips prepared at 170 degrees C (47.8 ng/g at 170 degrees C, 19.3 ng/g at 180 degrees C, and 29.7 ng/g at 190 degrees C).

Is bread high in acrylamide? ›

Bakery products (bread, crispbread, cakes, batter, breakfast cereals, biscuits, pies, etc.) are some of the major sources of dietary acrylamide.

Does Rice have acrylamide? ›

The dietary exposure of acrylamide from the various types of cereals was found to be 0.9 μg/kg-bw/day (corn), 1 μg/kg-bw/day (wheat), 0.7 μg/kg-bw/day (rice) and 0.7 μg/kg-bw/day (oat) and 1.2 μg/kg-bw/day (mixed) with an average of 0.7 μg/kg-bw/day.

Does olive oil produce acrylamide? ›

The highest acrylamide levels were observed with fried potatoes at 16 h in peanut oil, closely followed by canola oil at 16 h and 28 h or extra virgin olive oil at 24 h.

What is this molecular structure? ›

Molecular geometry, also known as the molecular structure, is the three-dimensional structure or arrangement of atoms in a molecule. Understanding the molecular structure of a compound can help determine the polarity, reactivity, phase of matter, color, magnetism, as well as the biological activity.

What is the monomer of acrylamide? ›

Biological Activity

Acrylamide is a neurotoxic monomer with extensive industrial applications. It could be used as a precursor to polyacrylamides.

What is the structure of acrylonitrile? ›

Acrylonitrile is an organic compound with the formula CH 2CHCN and the structure H 2C=CH−C≡N. It is a colorless, volatile liquid although commercial samples can be yellow due to impurities. It has a pungent odor of garlic or onions.

What is atomic molecular structure? ›

Atomic structure refers to the structure of an atom comprising a nucleus (centre) in which the protons (positively charged) and neutrons (neutral) are present. The negatively charged particles called electrons revolve around the centre of the nucleus.

What are 3 types of molecules? ›

Molecules are of three types: Molecule of an atom, Molecule of an element and Molecule of a compound.

What are 5 examples of molecules? ›

Examples of Molecules
  • H2O (water)
  • N2 (nitrogen)
  • O3 (ozone)
  • CaO (calcium oxide)
  • C6H12O6 (glucose, a type of sugar)
  • NaCl (table salt)

What is a molecule in answer? ›

(MAH-leh-kyool) The smallest particle of a substance that has all of the physical and chemical properties of that substance. Molecules are made up of one or more atoms.

What is the role of acrylamide? ›

Acrylamide polymers are used as flocculators and are constituents of certain adhesives and products such as cardboard or molded parts. They also are used as grouting agents for mines and tunnels, a solution of the monomer being pumped into the ground where polymerization is allowed to occur.

What plastic is ABS made of? ›

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is an impact-resistant engineering thermoplastic created from acrylonitrile, butadiene, and styrene polymers. It's strong, durable, and compatible with many manufacturing processes, including injection molding, fused-deposition modeling (FDM), and even CNC machining.

Is ABS rubber or plastic? ›

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, or ABS plastic, is an opaque thermoplastic and amorphous polymer that is created using a blend of two plastics and one rubber: acrylonitrile, polystyrene, and butadiene.

What chemicals are in ABS plastic? ›

ABS is made up of three monomers: acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene: Acrylonitrile: It is a synthetic monomer produced from propylene and ammonia. This component contributes to ABS chemical resistance & heat stability.

Are humans made of atoms? ›

About 99 percent of your body is made up of atoms of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen. You also contain much smaller amounts of the other elements that are essential for life.

What are the 5 parts of an atom? ›

Each of these parts has an associated charge, with protons carrying a positive charge, electrons having a negative charge, and neutrons possessing no net charge. In accordance with the Standard Model of particle physics, protons and neutrons make up the nucleus of the atom, while electrons orbit it in a “cloud”.

What is difference between atom and molecule? ›

Difference between atom and molecule.
An atom consists of subatomic particles .i,e electrons, protons, and neutrons.Molecules consist of two or more than two atoms which can be either of the same element or of different elements.
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