Do French Fries Cause Cancer?

The evidence is thin. But there are plenty of other reasons you should go easy on the fries

As if the calorie count on a supersize serving of McDonald's French fries weren't scary enough, one of the big health stories last week was a report suggesting that eating any fried or baked starch could increase your risk of getting cancer. According to Swedish researchers, frying potatoes or other starchy foods triggers the formation of an organic molecule called acrylamide, which has been shown to cause cancer in lab rats.

Frankly, it's hard to know what to do with a report like this. The evidence is so preliminary. There's no scientific paper to read, no clinical-trial results to analyze, just...

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