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Eating Burnt Toast May Increase Cancer Risk

Eating Burnt Toast May Increase Cancer Risk

If you Eat Burnt Toast it May Increase Cancer Risk experts say.

 Starchy foods should only be cooked until golden yellow to cut the risk of ingesting dangerous acrylamide, experts say.

Eating certain foods that have been cooked at high temperatures could be linked to cancer, according to health officials.

The danger foods include chips, toast, biscuits, crackers, crisps, breakfast cereals (except for porridge), coffee, cooked pizza bases, black olives and cereal-based baby foods.

Also on the list are root vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, beetroot, turnip, swede and parsnips once they have been fried until dark brown or crispy.

When cooked at high temperatures (above 120C) a chemical compound forms called acrylamide and studies on mice have shown that high levels of it can cause neurological damage and cancer.

Studies in humans have proved inconclusive.

However, the US Environmental Protection Agency has said it is “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” and the International Agency for Research on Cancer described it as a “probable human carcinogen”.

Acrylamide forms from the chemical reaction between some sugars and the amino acid asparagine but the reaction is less likely when food is boiled, steamed or microwaved.

The UK’s Food Standards Agency said people should only fry, roast, bake or toast starchy food until it is a golden yellow colour.

People should also not keep potatoes in the fridge, the FSA said, as this can increase the level of acrylamide. Instead, store raw potatoes in a dark and cool place at above 6C.

Gavin Shears, a senior policy adviser in contaminants at the FSA, said there was no expectation that people would “radically change” their diets if they were already eating a balanced selection of food.

He added: “If you slightly overdo your roast potatoes on a Sunday, it’s not that you have to throw them away.

“We’re not asking people to cut out certain foods.

“This is about reducing your overall lifetime risk through simple steps.”

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Online Music Streaming Doubles In UK In 2013

Online Music Streaming Doubles In UK In 2013

Online Music Streaming Doubles In UK In 2013. Online music streaming in the UK has doubled in the last year, according to new figures.

But that has come at the expense of album sales, which have seen an overall dip during 2013 due to the decline in CD sales as people turn to digital listening.

Research by music trade body the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and the Official Charts Company shows 7.4 billion tracks were played on paid-for or ad-funded streaming services in the last year – twice the 3.7 billion figure of 2012.

Around £103m was brought in over the past 12 months by subscription services – up £26m on the previous year.

The total income generated by streaming will be much higher as the figure does not include the cash from advertising on free streams and on services such as YouTube.

Album sales were worth £772m last year, which is down £29m compared with the previous year.

Arctic Monkeys were the most streamed artists in the UK

Arctic Monkeys were the most streamed artists in the UK

CD sales of 60.6 million were down almost 13% on 2012, but still account for almost two-thirds of the album markets in the UK.

Digital sales of 32.6 million – up nearly 7% – now represent almost 35% of the total market.

Rock quartet Arctic Monkeys were the most streamed artists of the year.

The band, who headlined Glastonbury and whose fifth album AM was nominated for the Mercury Prize, beat Bastille into second place, with French duo Daft Punk third.

The biggest-selling album of the year was the compilation Now That’s What I Call Music 86, selling 1.1 million copies, way ahead of the biggest seller by an artist which was One Direction’s Midnight Memories, shifting 685,000 copies.

A report in trade magazine Music Week last month said 2013 is the first year since the 1980s in which there has been no million-album-selling artist in the UK.

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