Many love to grill. They do so in the summer. It’s a passtime many people enjoy. This talks about whether or not grilled foods can hurt you. Do they contain chemicals or harmful substances? Before going to your next barbecue you should find out more about this so you can stay healthy.
- Those substances are chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HA’s) and they are formed when proteins (like steak or hamburgers) are cooked at high temperatures–as they are when you grill out.
- These chemicals have been shown to increase cancer risk in animals, but it’s not really clear just how much they might increase cancer risk in humans.
- Some studies have suggested that people who eat a lot of grilled meats have higher rates of stomach, pancreatic, colorectal or breast cancer.
“Some studies suggest that marinating your meat for 30 minutes or more can reduce the formation of HA’s.”