Acrylamide exposure typically occurs when individuals consume foods cooked at high temperatures, like French fries, inhale tobacco smoke, or drink coffee. Acrylamide exposure through skin contact or inhalation can be higher for people who work in those industries.
When carbohydrates are heated to very high temperatures, a chemical called acrylamide is produced. It can be detected in tobacco smoke as well. Chemicals that clean water, cleanse sewage, produce paper, and are used in cosmetics and soaps include acrylamide.