Indoor Air Pollution: Burnt Toast

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Indoor Air Pollution: Burnt Toast

Postby Wilberforce » Mon Feb 03, 2020 8:21 am

Not the machine itself, but what you do with it. If you like your toast extra-crunchy, be aware that you might be increasing your risk of cancer. Burnt toast (and, for that matter, barbecued or smoked meats) contains increased levels of a known carcinogen, benzopyrene. The yellow, crystalline chemical is found in coal tar and cigarette smoke and is produced when organic matter is inefficiently burnt. It can also be made when cooking food in an oven encrusted with burnt-on food. Benzopyrene is one of a group of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) that have been shown to cause cancer in animals. Indeed, benzopyrene is sometimes used in laboratory experiments to induce a range of cancers in mice. The chemical is thought to damage DNA by attaching itself to particular sites on the molecule. The DNA does repair itself, but just one damaged area could lead to mutations when body cells subsequently divide and, ultimately, to cancer.

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• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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