|Breakfast cerals cause cancer!
||[Jun. 15th, 2008|03:51 pm]
So tomorrow is the beginning of my exams - Core paper in Comparative Social Policy/Welfare States from 9.30am to 12.30pm - and the next day sees the end of my exams.|
Lord, but it's been an absolutely miserable three weeks. All i want is to drink, and dance, and sing, and vomit, and wake up the next morning with a brutal hangover - but i'll have to wait til Wednesday morn i guess.
I am so, so very glad it's almost over, and look forward to 4 days of revelry and languid lolling on various manicured lawns before my return to Irlanda on SATURDAY. But first, i must don my white bow tie, suit and gowns tomorrow morning - academic dress is compulsory for exams here - and endure several hours of frantic scribbling-cum-torture.
At my wit's end with revision, so thought i'd blog about this interesting article in yesterdays Guardian magazine about breakfast cereals.
The highlights, for those of you too lazy to read, are as follows:
-The production process for breakfast cereal always produces a chemical called acrylamide which is a known carcinogen for animals. Scientific studies have shown that the risk of ovary cancer for someone ingesting 40 micrograms a day of acrylamide is doubled, compared to someone ingesting low levels.
-The production process also strips the wheats/grains involved of anything even remotely resembling flavour or taste, so they add vast amounts of salt and sugar to make it taste of something. An average bowl of a high-fibre cereal (like All-Bran) contains more salt per serving than a packet of crisps. Criticism has made cereal manufacturers reduce their levels of salt in recent years, but they have to compensate with sugar (i have long thought that Shreddies taste much sweeter than they used to).
-Because of the high levels of sugar, cereals are practically devoid of nutritional content, and are little more than empty calories on a par with booze.
-Rats fed a diet of ground-up cereal boxes with sugar, milk and raisins were healthier than rats fed the cereals themselves.
-The Irish are the biggest consumers of breakfast cereals in the World, eating 8.4kg per person per year, on average.