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  1. #1 Now Grilling food will kill you. 
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    So now it appears that most grilled meats will give you cancer.

    Damn, now what is my excuse to drink beer around a hot flame.

    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepu...mline0503.html

    THE FACTS: The news is grim for backyard chefs everywhere. For years, studies have suggested that chemicals in grilled meat may be linked to cancer. Now, just in time for barbecue season, the Department of Health and Human Services has added heterocyclic amines - the compounds formed in red meat, poultry and fish during the grilling - to its list of carcinogens.

    At least one other group of chemicals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which can also collect on meat cooked over hot coals, has been on the agency's list since 1981.

    Much of the concern stems from epidemiological studies. In 1999, for example, researchers at the National Cancer Institute conducted a large study of colorectal cancer and found that the odds of developing the disease were tightly linked to consumption of red meat, particularly when grilled or well done.
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    Population studies in Europe, Asia and South America have had similar findings.

    But there is a silver lining. The chemicals are primarily found in meat cooked at high temperatures or exposed to flare-ups, so experts recommend preheating the food in a microwave, reducing the time it spends on the grill.

    Covering the grate with punctured foil and avoiding charred food also help.

    Marinating has been shown to have a strong protective effect, probably because the liquid prevents burning: the more moisture the better.

    THE BOTTOM LINE: Chemicals in grilled meat have been shown to increase the risk of cancer.


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    UNfortunately my moms a health freak, and she found out about this a long time ago. Now she doesn't even let us eat browned toast. (I did move out about 7 years ago, though). If anything has even the slightest hint of charring, which sometimes is essential to good cooking, she gets all fascist about it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by spidergoat
    UNfortunately my moms a health freak, and she found out about this a long time ago. Now she doesn't even let us eat browned toast. (I did move out about 7 years ago, though). If anything has even the slightest hint of charring, which sometimes is essential to good cooking, she gets all fascist about it.
    Ohh that sucks dude. I'm a little hesitant now myself.

    So does this mean Burger King is now Cancer King
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    Well, my mom scrapes the black stuff, if there is any, from the tostis. And I must admit that we rarely eat steak off the barbeque. However, I'm in love with meat, and I'll happily sacrifce ten years of my life to eat whatever I want.

    Besides, if you eat plenty of fruit (which I don't :P), the antioxidants will take of it all...

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    Funny, as our knowledge expands so do the warnings of what you eat may not be healthy for you. There have been many false warnings in such statements. Many that were not checked for total accuracy before being released and many that further study found not to be so worrysome.

    I am certainly not a chemist nor a lab researcher with all the available equipment handy to do such checks. Common sense tells you take it with a grain of salt.

    Humanity has literally grown up with fire and seared and burned foods. One would think that over time we may have just developed a biological means of dealing with it. Be that as it may, I would be hesitant to totally rule out that burned meat is bad for you or that raw meat is good for you. If you are worried about it, smoke the food. Works just as well, provides taste to the food and you won't have to worry about "burned or charred" meats.
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    There are definite health risks associated with eating grilled or broiled meat, poultry and fish, but these do not for the most part apply to plant foods.

    When grilled or broiled, red meat, poultry and fish produce cancer-causing compounds called HCAs (heterocyclic amines). When HCAs are metabolized in the body, they can attack the genetic material in cells. The damage can lead to cancer. Different people metabolize HCAs at different rates, which affects the amount of damage they do. For most people, though, consumption of HCAs seems to increase the risk of cancers of the breast, colon, prostate and stomach. Marinating meat, fish and poultry before grilling reduces but does not eliminate the creation of HCAs.
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    From my personal experience grilled food is ok if u consume it in small quantities and with a regular excersise you won't have problems at all :)
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    Well, as for carcinigens, most foods will contain them in one form or another before long. With all the pesticides being used, the fruits and vegetables will have them as well as the meats from the animals that eat the contaminated fruits and vegetables and grasses as well as from the water that contains the run-off from the sprays. So as for worrying about it, I say that I have to die of something so I might as well enjoy what I love.
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    with all the health warnings around i have the following question brought to the forfront of my mind,

    Is life healthy for human beings?

    since we die eventually i'm thinking the answer is no, definately not.
    hence all these health warnings are achiveing is anoying the crap out of me, which i'm sure is not healthy.
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    I wonder how we got to this point, of being so careful and suspicious of what we eat, reading the nutrition facts before buying, et cetera.

    People didn't care about nutrition facts in the past, and the question is: are we healthier now with all this new concerns?
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    That's an interesting point in a sense - is there a correlation between increasing health concerns and stress levels? If so, do the health concerns justify such shifts or does the damage from ever-increasing stress cause more harm?
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    Yes, that is interesting. I believe that there is a correlation...I've read that increased stress levels can result in some health problems such as anxiety, for example which can trigger stomach pains and such.
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