Is Grilled Meat Carcinogenic?
Oh, no! Say it ain’t so, Joe! That grand all–America pastime is bad for us? No more burgers fresh off the grill? Or chicken or fish? Or a steak, if you’re into that. And grilling has something for everyone. Portobello mushrooms “steaks” and vegetable kebobs taste better cooked that way.
Well, you can relax a little. Grilling does not make food carcinogenic. Well, sort of. It’s not the grilling per se, but high heat in cooking can create substances that have been linked to certain cancers.
But you can relax again. Using marinades cancels out those substances. Rosemary is great at it, and to a lesser degree, basil, mint, sage and oregano. And marinating in beer or wine is even more helpful. Don’t you love it? Beer and wine coming to the rescue?
Anyway, grilling does not increase your chances of getting cancer very much at all. Being overweight increases it more. So, on balance, I think we can all be comfortable sticking to our summer BBQ obsession.