Next time you see a pack of Lays potato chips in the USA, have a look at the list of ingredients. If you see the word Asparaginase you may well wonder what that is. This innocent sounding ingredients, is far from that. Asparaginase IS DEADLY.
It is a chemotherapy drug used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
Wait, what? Why is CHEMO in your Potato Chips?!?!?
Well I guess we all knew that chips were bad, we know the white potato is Genetically Modified and that the oil is bad, right? But did you know they also contain a dangerous deadly drug called Asparaginase, one form of which, is made from a type of bacteria called escherichia coli (Yes the same E COLI THAT IS BAD FOR YOU). Another form of asparaginase is made from Erwinia chrysanthemi bacteria.
The mechanism of action? Blocking Amino Acids. This is the same chemotherapy that is known to actually cause cancer.
HematologicThe effect on your blood is a marked decrease in circulating lymphoblasts, which reduces circulation
Hypofibrinogenemia has been reported. Which prevents the blood from clotting with potential fatal bleeding associated with low fibrinogen
Transient bone marrow depression has Marked leukopenia has also been reported.
Hypertriglyceridemia which predisposes heart disease
General side effects include chills, fever, abdominal cramps and headache. Also to watch out for fevers as these can also become life threatening.
Fatal hyperthermia has also been reported.
Hepatic side effects have included elevations of SGOT, SGPT, alkaline phosphatase, bilirubin, and depression of serum albumin, cholesterol, and plasma fibrinogen. Both increases and decreases in total blood lipids have been reported. Marked hypoalbuminemia associated with peripheral edema has been reported. Fatty changes in the liver have been documented by biopsy. Malabsorption syndrome has also been reported. Nervous system side effects have usually reversed spontaneously upon discontinuation of asparaginase.
Nervous system side effects: somnolence, fatigue, seizures, coma, and confusion. A Parkinson-like syndrome with tremor and a progressive increase in muscle tone has been reported rarely.[
Cardiovascular side effects have included one reported case of acute myocardial infarction.
Musculoskeletal side effects have included arthralgia, (inflation of the joints)
Respiratory side effects have included respiratory distress
Metabolic side effects have included high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) with glycosuria Glucose in the urine and polyuria (excessive urine)
Hyperglycemia occasionally FATAL
Psychiatric side effects have included depression, agitation, confusion, paranoia, and hallucinations.
Renal side effects include acute renal shut down and fatal renal insufficiency. Proteinuria (high protein excretion in the urine) has been reported.
Thyroid Disorders Interference with the interpretation of thyroid function tests by production of a rapid and marked reduction in serum concentrations of thyroxine-binding globulin within days after the first dose.
Cancer – Oncologic side effects have included reports of small increases in pulmonary adenomas in animal studies.
It seems it is mostly found in the New ranges of chips like the “Poppables” range, but who knows how long it will take to make it into all of the varieties. Is the name an ironic and tasteless countdown? Is it indeed the consumer that will pop off if they consume too much of these carcinogenic chips?
CNN are proud to announce that Lays are still made in the USA.
Is this because, perhaps, some of their ingredients are in fact banned in other countries? Since this is early days in the investigation of this, we are as yet only aware that this is in the USA. We do not know yet about other countries and so will investigate further.
But what we do know is that Asparaginase is banned in the UK and so you will not find it in Walkers crisps (the UK equivalent of Lays chips).
According to Food Innovation Online
“DSM Food Specialties, Frito-Lay and Procter &Gamble have reached an agreement on the Intellectual Property rights to apply asparaginase in food products in order to reduce acrylamide levels.”
So it would seem this is another cost saving exercise. In order to maximise profits and reduce manufacturing costs. For Acrylamide is the side effects of reheating oil over and over again. Acrylamide is a known carcinogenic (causes cancer)
So they are introducing Asparaginase in order to reduce Acrylamide! But this out of the frying pan and into the fire, for both are known to cause death. Is it simply that Acrylamide is more infamous and therefore needs to be masked by another lesser known carcinogen?
But in this case they can hide it with a Trademarked enzyme in order to introduce a further smoke screen:
“The reduction is catalyzed by the enzyme PreventASe™, which has been developed by DSM. DSM holds the rights to produce the enzyme and has now become a worldwide licensee for the Frito-Lay and Procter &Gamble application rights.”
So watch out for PreventASe as well.
According to the CDC’s website
“Acrylamide is a chemical formed when carbohydrate (starchy) foods are cooked. It is also present in tobacco smoke. Acrylamide is used to manufacture polyacrylamide chemicals used in water purification and sewage treatment, paper production, and some cosmetics and soap preparations… And by eating such foods as potato chips, French fries, and coffee and by inhaling tobacco smoke.
How Acrylamide Affects People’s Health
In the body, some acrylamide is converted to glycidamide. Both acrylamide and glycidamide can bind to hemoglobin, a large protein in the red blood cells. The resulting complexes are called hemoglobin adducts, which can be measured in people’s blood. Exposure to large amounts of acrylamide can cause irritation of breathing passages, and if the exposure is long term, nerve damage. In laboratory animal testing, acrylamide caused reproductive problems, nerve damage, and cancer.
Levels of Acrylamide Adducts in the U.S. Population
In the Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals (Fourth Report), CDC scientists measured acrylamide and glycidamide hemoglobin adducts in the blood of more than 7,000 participants aged three years and older who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) during 2003–2004. By measuring these hemoglobin adducts in blood, scientists can estimate the amount of acrylamide that has entered people’s bodies.
CDC scientists found measurable levels of acrylamide adducts in the blood of 99.9% of the U.S. population.
According to Science daily:“Acrylamide, a widely-used synthetic chemical that some studies have linked to cancer and neurological damage, has recently been shown to occur naturally in an increasing number of foods ranging from French fries to coffee”
So that will be Potato chips as well as coffee and fries!
Also: “Acrylamide, a synthetic chemical widely used as a water treatment agent and in the manufacture of adhesives, dyes and fabrics”
So be aware here too!
The Potato Chip plot thickens!
Original Source: Dr. Terry Tillaart, PhD
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