Summer is a season made for grilling, but there's been a lot of concern recently about how grilling may increase cancer risk. But if you love grilled steaks, chops or burgers you might not have to give it up. According to Lifehacker, here are come easy ways to mitigate the risks:
- Pre-cook the food.Smoke during the grilling process is known to create some bad chemicals, so pre-cooking in a microwave can eliminate those.
- Use a low flame. If you can cook at under 300 degrees, less of the dangerous Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) will be likely to form.
- Keep fat and juices out of the flame. The less smoke, the less chance there is for bad chemicals to form.
- Use a marinade. Studies have shown that marinating meat, poultry or fish for at least 30 minutes can reduce the formation of HCAs. Ideally your marinade includes vinegar, lemon juice or wine, along with oil, herbs and spices.
- Keep flipping. Constantly flipping meat being cooked on a grill can substantially reduce HCA formation.
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