Barbeque and Your Health

If I tell you that barbeque can increase your risk of getting cancer, will you believe me? Maybe not. But if I told you that it’s the National Cancer Institute who said so, would you still be doubtful? I bet no. According to the study conducted by NCI, meat that is cooked in extremely high temperature (like grilling and barbequing) can emit cancer-causing substances known as carcinogens. These carcinogens bring about cancer in the body by altering the DNA in our cells which interferes with normal biological processes.

When meat is cooked in extreme temperature chemicals form and ingested inside the body. The proteins found in meat, poultry and fish reacts with high heat thereby emitting heterocyclic amines that are linked to cancer especially breasts and colon cancer. Researchers have proven the potential damage that these chemicals can bring to our bodily system.

However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy our favorite barbeques. There are ways and means to at least reduce the peril of having cancer. Use healthy meat alternatives in barbequing like vegetables. Use the right marinade and microwave the meat first before grilling. This way you’ll prevent the meat from being over grilled.

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