Now that the US Food and Drug Administration has banned trans fats, the agency is focusing its sights on getting another dangerous substance out of our food. It’s called acrylamide, a chemical that has been recognized as a potentially cancer-causing substance for quite some time.
Acrylamide can form in some foods when they are fried or baked. These foods include potatoes, cereals, coffee, crackers, breads, and dried fruits, according to the FDA. Acrylamide is estimated to be found in 40 percent of the calories consumed in the average American diet, and high levels have been shown to cause cancer in animals.