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9 Ways to Cancer-Proof Your Next Barbecue

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9 Ways to Cancer-Proof Your Next Barbecue

There is a link between barbecued foods and an increased risk of cancer. Basically, when foods like meat or oils are heated over high temperatures or come in contact with flames, certain compounds can form.  These compounds are called: Heterocyclic Amines (HCA) and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH).  These compounds are known carcinogens.  But, you don’t need to remember their names to lessen your risk of exposure to them.  Here are some simple ways to lessen your cancer risk and still enjoy your next barbecue.

1. Choose foods that are low in fat like vegetables, lean cuts of meat, poultry or fish.  Heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are primarily formed when fats are heated to high temperatures or fall into the flames and create smoke.  By choosing lean cuts of meat and of course vegetables which are naturally low in fat, you reduce the chance of these compounds forming at all.

2. Trim excess fat from meat prior to cooking it.

3. Pay attention while you’re barbecuing. This helps to lessen the likelihood of flare-ups, intense smoking, and charring, thereby resulting in healthier meals.

4. Avoid charring food excessively and, of course, avoid eating burnt parts of food as much as possible.

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1:27AM PST on Nov 10, 2014

We don't barbeque :)

1:27AM PST on Nov 10, 2014

We don't barbeque :)

1:04AM PST on Nov 10, 2014

Thank you!

5:39PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

I will not stop eating bbq but thanks for the tips anyway. No I will not stop eating meat.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

The BBQ is a delight, be it with portobello mushrooms, bell peppers or a sizzling steak. One just has to practice moderation in all things.

7:28AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Thanks for the great advice!

10:09PM PDT on Jul 1, 2012

Thanks for the advice, will use it.

8:57PM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

Am I correct in assuming, that those tips should go for broiling, since the temperature is very high. The only thing is vegetables would not work in a broiler. I always thought that the most healthful methods of cooking were roasting, broiling, parboiling and stewing. Am I wrong?

7:19AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

i didn't know that

7:09AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Your not cooking a Great Steak or Hamburger if it don't flare up! With all of the crap that is in the air we breed, do you really think that I am going to start worrying about that! When I think of all those charred marshmallows I use to eat and still do, occasionally!

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Good advice, thanks.

I wonder how wrinkly their cheeks are under their fur.


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