Acrylamides Eaten by Mothers Linked to Neurological Disorders Among Children

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Research from Spain’s Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology has determined that babies from pregnant mothers who consume more acrylamide have a higher incidence of lower birth weights and smaller head circumference.

These two measurements have been associated with slower brain development and neurological issues such as attention deficit disorders and autism during childhood.

The researchers found that babies from mothers with the highest consumption of acrylamide had lower weights by as much as 132 grams than those mothers who consumed the least amount of acrylamide.

Other research has found, as reported by Realnatural, that acrylamide also significantly increases the risk of breast cancer.

Acrylamide is produced through a reaction often termed the Maillard reaction, which turns baked, toasted and fried foods brown. The reaction occurs when saccharides (sugar-containing molecules) react with asparagine – an amino acid – in the presence of high heat. When the temperature and length of cooking is increased, the level of acrylamides produced also increases.

The researchers concluded that, “Consumption of specific foods during pregnancy was associated with higher acrylamide exposure in utero.” They also suggested that, “dietary intake of acrylamides should be reduced among pregnant women.”

The researchers found that the low birth weight results among the high-acrylamide mothers were similar to those found among women who smoke during pregnancy.

High levels of acrylamides have been found in various baked breads and fried foods, roasted coffee, snacks that are fried and/or baked, and barbequed and flame-roasted. Some of the highest levels have been found among those foods that have been charred or otherwise blackened.

Learn about how to flush toxins such as acrylamide with gentle cleansing techniques.


Pedersen M, von Stedingk H, Botsivali M, Agramunt S, Alexander J, Brunborg G, Chatzi L, Fleming S, Fthenou E, Granum B, Gutzkow KB, Hardie LJ, Knudsen LE, Kyrtopoulos SA, Mendez MA, Merlo DF, Nielsen JK, Rydberg P, Segerbäck D, Sunyer J, Wright J, Törnqvist M, Kleinjans JC, Kogevinas M and the New Generis Consortium. Birth Weight, Head Circumference, and Prenatal Exposure to Acrylamide from Maternal Diet: The European Prospective Mother-Child Study (NewGeneris). Environ Health Perspect (): .doi:10.1289/ehp.1205327

Case Adams is a California Naturopath with a PhD in Natural Health Sciences, and Board Certified Alternative Medicine Practitioner. He has authored 26 books on natural healing strategies. “My journey into writing about alternative medicine began about 9:30 one evening after I finished with a patient at the clinic I practiced at over a decade ago. I had just spent the last two hours explaining how diet, sleep and other lifestyle choices create health problems and how changes in these, along with certain herbal medicines and other natural strategies can radically yet safely turn ones health around. As I drove home that night, I realized I needed to get this knowledge out to more people. So I began writing about health with a mission to reach those who desperately need this information. The strategies in my books and articles are backed by scientific evidence along with wisdom handed down through traditional medicines for thousands of years.” Case connects with the elements by surfing, hiking and being a beach bum.

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