We often have BBC breakfast news on in the kitchen in a morning – it breaks the silence or the occasional grunts from 2 Teenage boys!


My ears pricked up when a scientist was being interviewed about burnt toast and over cooked roasties…did you see it?


Actually, if you didn’t SEE it , you most probably read or heard about it at some point during the day – it was all over the place!😉


Browned toast and potatoes are a 'potential cancer risk'


According to these scientists, bread, chips and potatoes should be cooked to a golden yellow colour, rather than brown, to reduce our intake of a chemical which could cause cancer, government food scientists are warning.



Further reading of this article online, stated that:

"Research in animals has shown that the chemical is toxic to DNA and causes cancer - so scientists assume the same is true in people, although as yet there is no conclusive evidence".


"And that adults would need to consume 160 times as much to reach a level that might cause increased tumours in mice".

You can read the whole article here


Should we now change our toast and spud habits?


I wouldn't rush. But I would look at some other far more proven causes of Cancer and address those first. 

Smoking – Responsible for 1:5 cancer deaths worldwide

Exposure to certain chemicals like vinyl chloride, arsenic, micotine and acrylamide have been reported to cause the uncontrollable growth of abnormal human cells causing some cancers.

Diet A diet low in fibre and high in salt can cause several types of cancer. A low fibre diet typically involves fewer vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and more of processed foods and red meats

Pesticides and insecticides: These chemicals are sprayed on vegetables and fruits. Consumption of these produces without washing them thoroughly can lead to stomach cancer.

Trans fatty acids: These unhealthy fats are present in most of the fried food items and are believed to be encourage the growth of abnormal cells in the body.

Low physical activity: Less physical activity does not only lead to obesity, but also has a negative impact on the immune and the endocrine systems. Low level of physical activities coupled with unhealthy diet, can cause cancer.

Plus radiation, infections and hereditary factors.


I feel that there was a missed opportunity here.

Lazy Journalism?  

I agree, Open the day with a story that makes us sit up and pause....

But the whole day turned into a discussion as to whether we yet again live in a Nanny State?

It could have been a great platform to simply drive a super important message home.

Do the things consistently that WILL make a difference to your health!

Don't focus on the tiny detail. 

Yes, the challenge to stop smoking, take more regular exercise and eat more whole unprocessed foods is not a sexy story.

But neither is cancer.  


Bye for now


Allison "feeling a little more serious" Harding   


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