Grilling and Cancer

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  1. SoKo

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    I've always heard this, but never really looked it up.

    CLIFFS: Lower the temperature that you grill meats on and/or eat less grilled meats

    http://health.discovery.com/centers/cancer/top10myths/myth2.html

    Cancer Myth 2: Harmful Chemicals in Grilled Meats Cause Cancer
    By Dr. Ted Gansler

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    Cancer Myth 2: Regularly eating meat cooked on a charcoal grill won't increase cancer risk.

    Respondents Who Agreed: 56 percent

    Origin of Myth: Nutrition advice in the media has been contradictory about the health effects of grilled meats. Compared with frying in oil, grilling or baking meats avoids adding extra fat and associated calories to the meal. But chemists have found grilling meats creates chemicals linked to cancer in animals.

    Reality: You can increase your cancer risk by eating too much grilled red meat or chicken or even meat pan-fried at a very high temperature. Meat or chicken that is well-done or burnt appears to be the most problematic.

    Based on the existing research, the best approach may be to enjoy grilled meats occasionally, but not on a regular basis. This is a judgment call, but it makes sense to limit your exposure to carcinogens (chemicals linked to cancer), which are found in these grilled meats.

    The worrisome chemicals created by grilling meats are called heterocyclic amines (HAs). They form during grilling, broiling or even searing meat in a very hot frying pan — when the very high temperatures break down the amino acid creatinine. There is also some concern that fats from the meat dripping onto coals create additional chemicals in smoke that may land back on the meat.

    When you do grill or broil meat, you can minimize your consumption of unhealthful chemicals in a few ways:

    * Don't eat blackened or burnt parts.
    * Precook meats in the oven or microwave, and then finish on the grill for just a few minutes.
    * Substitute grilled vegetables or fruits for part of the meat in your meal.
    * Eat smaller portions of grilled meats.

    Many of the chemicals created when meat is grilled are not formed during the grilling of vegetables or fruits, so people can enjoy grilled flavor without unhealthful chemicals. Fruits and vegetables that work well on the grill include onions, green and red bell peppers, zucchini, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, pineapple, papaya or mango. Skewers that alternate small bites of meat with vegetables or fruit are an easy way to maximize flavor and minimize unhealthful chemicals. Don't substitute processed (luncheon) meats for grilled meat, though. Processed meats contain different kinds of carcinogens that may be even more harmful.

    What you eat is even more important than how it's cooked. The best advice is to follow a diet in which foods from plant sources predominate.

    For more information, the ACS book Cancer: What Causes It, What Doesn't provides an educated perspective on what cancer health hazards people may face in everyday life, and what's not worth worrying about.
     
  2. xSteveO

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    everything causes cancer now. live it up and stop worrying about little shit like this. if anyone really does care that much then they should become a vegan.

    I just got my new grill and have cooked on it the last 2 weeks and with no plans of slowing down
     
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    I have a grill as well and use it often. All this suggests is cooking foods at lower temps, there is plenty of research to back this reasoning up. Seems like a simple/easy way to reduce risk.....so why not.
     
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    enjoy your meat with a side of cancer
     
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    the moment we're born.. our DNA is preprogrammed to house certain diseases/bad cells that will eventually lead to death/illnesses. in the mean time.. go fuck some supermodels and squat 1000lbs, k bro ?
     
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    and what we do with our time here will determine if those "housed" things become "unhoused"......but regardless, i'm not going to argue something that tells me "don't eat burnt shit" and "don't cook your steaks well done" :dunno:
     
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    no, but the aluminum in deo will give you Alzheimer's :o

    this isn't one of those, "well this could lead to blah blah blah" this is a little more proven
     
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    I enjoy my steak nice and bloody so this really isn't a problem for me
     
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    :h5:
     
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    fuck that, i'm not worrying about that stupid shit

    SEAR THAT SHIT SON
     
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    everything causes cancer. quit worrying so much
     
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    link?
     
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    lol all of the "canadians" that come into outback steakhouse eat their steaks well done




    canadians = nig nog
     
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    lol @ people thinking everything causes cancer.

    i will grill until i die
     
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    fuck that shit. we go out and eat our kill fresh boy. its hard to cook in our igloos ya know
     
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    it isn't against grilling at all, it is just saying that when you grill you shouldn't grill at super high temps, or if you do, don't eat it on a regular basis
     
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    Uglybob69 I miss beer.

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    Uglybob69 I miss beer.

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    IT ALSO TURNS UNSATURATED FATS INTO TRANS FATTY ACIDS :weak:
     
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    Uglybob69 I miss beer.

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    Anyways life will be a lot less stressful when i lose my mind
     
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    people don't typically enjoy being involved in brain research :o
     
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    there are actually many people who will tell you that this is true due to the laurel sulfates in shampoo and soaps. :greddy:
     
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    energie I like to place an order.. the name? Situation the

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    qft


    they say plastic bottles will cause cancer


    no1 caers ur gonna die anyway enjoy life chances of getting cancer from grilling would be like a slim chance
     
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