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Old 07-10-2007, 11:29 AM   #1
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Grilling can be harmful

be harmful but here are some ways to cut the effects and allows us to eat grilled foods we love.

Marinate before grilling. It can reduce HCA formation in meat and fish by up to 99 percent. Herbs are helpful, too. Rosemary, garlic and sage may block the formation of both HCAs and PAHs in and on the food. Add the seasonings to light marinades or as ingredients to other dishes you serve with your grilled foods. A citrus or olive oil marinade can also counteract HCA buildup.

Think small. Smaller cuts spend less time over the flame than big slabs of meat. Flip them frequently, too. Turning meat over every minute greatly reduces HCAs. Use tongs to turn foods. “Puncturing meats with a fork may cause juices to flow and drip on to the coals”.

Avoid overcooking foods. The longer you grill your meat, the more the carcinogens develop.

Partner grilled items with cancer fighters. Antioxidants and other phytonutrients in fruits (apples, grapes and berries), vegetables (broccoli, kale, cauliflower, onions) and even tea can stall or stop the chemicals' effects in the body.

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Old 07-10-2007, 11:33 AM   #2
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"Cooking over high flames turns chemicals found naturally in muscle meats and fish into cancer-causing substances known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Both have been linked to an increased risk of several cancers, including colorectal, breast and prostate cancer."

Here is the full article
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Old 07-10-2007, 11:52 AM   #3
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Most of my grilling is indirect...one can have a very high temp in the kettle which will sear the meat and gradually reduce in temp as the cooking continues. THe meat has great flavor from the smoke and a nice finish without being charred. It also seems to be twice as juicy.

good to know about the effects of herbs and oils. Thanks
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Old 08-23-2007, 11:15 PM   #4
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Flip them frequently, too. Turning meat over every minute greatly reduces HCAs.

In other words do this to have poor-tasting meats.. :)
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Old 08-23-2007, 11:30 PM   #5
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Well really anything can kill you. Too much water which is often called hyperhydration can cause hallucinations and even death. I read an article not long ago about a radio station that did a gig where you drank as much water as possible without going to the restroom so you had to hold it. One lady held on for a while but eventually felt sick and left the contest and died a few hours later in her home. Five radio employees were fired and the station was sued. No matter what there is in this world it is pretty much a fact that too much of anything is bad. As for grilling I love it and it is one of the few ways I am good at cooking so I will take it over starving and I figure I have to die someway so why not that? :)
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Old 08-23-2007, 11:45 PM   #6
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Enough all ready with the alphabet soup write in plain English some of us are not rocket scientist's and do not have the faintest notion of what your trying to say
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Well really anything can kill you. Too much water which is often called hyperhydration can cause hallucinations and even death. I read an article not long ago about a radio station that did a gig where you drank as much water as possible without going to the restroom so you had to hold it. One lady held on for a while but eventually felt sick and left the contest and died a few hours later in her home. Five radio employees were fired and the station was sued. No matter what there is in this world it is pretty much a fact that too much of anything is bad. As for grilling I love it and it is one of the few ways I am good at cooking so I will take it over starving and I figure I have to die someway so why not that? :)
Basically what she did was slowly drown. She threw her electrolytes so far off she died. This doesn't happen that often. So, like everything else, moderation is the key.

Dave - I'm with you. For MANY years I have known that eating burnt toast was bad for you - that's all I needed to know and all I can remember!
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Old 08-24-2007, 04:05 AM   #8
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Enough all ready with the alphabet soup write in plain English some of us are not rocket scientist's and do not have the faintest notion of what your trying to say
President Bush is that you?
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Old 08-29-2007, 03:39 PM   #9
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Jim,

Way to go!!!

This thread is a great lead in to....smoking ;).

Sorry couldn't resist .

Take care,

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Grabbing the 400 degree grill lid by mistake is harmful too.

Just ask the fingers on my right hand!
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