5 Ways To Reduce Carcinogens In Cooked Meat – Cooking Healthy
Eating right goes a long way to healthy living. There are countless diseases out there today, but we firmly believe that Prevention is the best cure! So let's talk about how to reduce the carcinogens in your meat.
First, it's helpful to talk about what carcinogens actually are. Your poultry products, fish and meat are rich in amino-acids. One of these amino acids is creatinine. When creatinine is subjected to high temperatures, it is converted to carcinogenic compounds such as the heterocyclic amines(HCA) and the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons(PAH).
Studies have established their link with cancers such as ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer and colorectal cancer which is why we call them carcinogens.
So when you cook meat, try one of these 5 methods to reduce the carcinogens:
• The “Cherry-Blast” : Coat your meat with cherries! Cherries are rich in antioxidants and reduce the level of HCA and PAH in the meat at least by 69% to 78%.
• Fortify with Vitamin E : Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, can be applied to the meat before cooking. One capsule of Vitamin-E oil or powder can be added to the meat, which can considerably reduce the level of carcinogen formation.
• Garlic, rosemary, and sage : Add crushed garlic with a few sprigs of these herbs to your meat before cooking to prevent the formation of carcinogenic compounds .
• Olive Oil : The presence of phenolic compounds in olive oil, has been shown to fight the formation of PAH and HCAs. You can apply extra virgin olive oil to meat marinades before cooking.
• Green tea : Make green tea a part of the meal. The polyphenols in green tea help to flush out the carcinogenic toxins from the body.
Here are some additional tips for avoiding those carcinogens in cooked meats:
1) Eat more lean meat and less red meat.
2) Marinade your meat in thin liquids (such as olive oil).
3) Avoid nitrite-cured meats.
4) Cook your meat with soy-isaflavones , which are enriched with antioxidants.
5) Avoid indulgence in very well done meat.
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