Can burnt toast and roasted potatoes cause cancer?
By Meera Senthilingam, CNN
Updated 1:54 PM ET, Mon January 23, 2017
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Photos:Creating acrylamide in the kitchen
Starchy foods, such as bread and potatoes, can produce high levels of the compound acrylamide if cooked at high temperatures and for too long. This compound is what makes these foods golden in color. If overly cooked, they become brown, or black, resulting in excess levels of acrylamide and previous studies in mice have linked acrylamide to cancer risk.