A new study published in ACS Central Science suggests that cooking food at high temperatures can damage DNA in the food.
This study observed heat-damaged DNA component uptake and increased DNA injury in lab-grown cells and mice.
This could change our perceptions of food preparation and food choices.
The study is a preliminary finding and more research is needed to confirm the same.
Many studies have linked the consumption of charred and fried foods to DNA damage.
This study observed that key components of DNA known as nucleotides that are made available through normal breakdown of biomolecules are readily incorporated into the DNA of cells.
This suggests a plausible and potentially significant pathway for damaged food DNA to inflict damage on other DNA downstream in consumers.
The study only observed heat-damaged DNA component uptake and increased DNA injury in lab-grown cells and mice, so it’s too soon to say this occurs in humans.
Further research is needed to establish the same.
Foods we eat, such as meat, fish, grains, veggies, fruit, and mushrooms, include the originating organisms’ DNA.
The amounts of devoured DNA are not negligible.
For example, a roughly 500-gram beef steak contains over a gram of cow DNA.
This means that damaged DNA in food can pose a significant risk of genetic damage to humans.
The study appears in ACS Central Science.
The team now plans to delve deeper into the findings.
One future avenue of research is testing a broader variety of foods.
The researchers also plan on examining cooking methods that simulate different food preparations.
The scope of research will need to expand to the long-term, lower doses to heat-damaged DNA expected over decades of consumption in typical human diets, versus the high doses administered in the proof-of-concept study.
Funding for the research came, in part, from the US National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.
This study raises new questions and concerns about the safety of cooking food at high temperatures.
It is important for consumers to be aware of the potential risks posed by damaged DNA in food.
One way to reduce the risk is to avoid cooking food at high temperatures for prolonged periods.
It is also important to eat a balanced and varied diet that includes a wide range of foods.
Further research is needed to determine the full extent of the risks.
The findings of this study are a reminder that the food we eat can have a significant impact on our health.
While more research is needed to establish the full extent of the risks posed by damaged DNA in food, it is important for consumers to be aware of the potential risks.
By making informed food choices and adopting healthy eating habits, we can reduce our risk of developing cancer and other diseases.
It is time to take a closer look at our diets and make sure that we are doing everything we can to protect our health.
Magic, fantasy, fairytales, and Alice in Wonderland may be fun, but when it comes to our health, it’s time to get real.