HCA Formation? Try to Never Grill Meat, Unless you do This First...

The problem with grilled meats and HCAs and how to counteract carcinogens and make meat healthier

HCA formation, By Mike Geary - Certified Nutrition Specialist
Author of the best seller: The Fat Burning Kitchen & The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging

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Most people are not aware that when you cook meat (whether it is grilled, broiled, or seared) there are carcinogenic compounds that can form called HCAs (heterocyclic amines). Now do not panic... you ingest various carcinogens all the time, even with some vegetables. You can always protect yourself with more antioxidants. 

Please note: When you cook meat in a water based as opposed to grilling, broiling, or searing, you eliminate the HCAs. So for example, meats cooked in a soup, or meats cooked in a crock pot will not have the prolem of the carcinogenic HCAs and is a healthier way to cook meat. 

But let us face it... grilled meat tastes awesome and there is no way I am giving up my grass-fed steak from the grill, or my grass-fed burgers! 

That is why it is important to know there is a way you can use spices to both counteract, and also drastically reduce the carcinogens formed when you grill meat...

If you are going to grill meats, marinating meats for hours beforehand in liquid mixtures that contain rosemary and other herbs/spices can dramatically help to reduce HCAs (heterocyclic amines), which are carcinogenic compounds that can form when meats are grilled. So using rosemary, thyme, garlic, oregano and other spices in a meat marinate before grilling meats can drastically reduce any carcinogens that normally would form on grilled meat.

The antioxidants in rosemary and thyme from a marinade were specifically cited in studies as being powerful inhibitors of HCAs when grilling meats. But it was also noted that other spices such as garlic, oregano, and others can help to prevent HCAs in your meat as well, so I suggest using a variety, which tastes great anyway! 

One more important point about grilling meat: 

Tenderloin steak wrapped in bacon with demi-glace sauce

Remember that the more well-done a meat is cooked, the higher concentration of carcinogenic HCAs can form, so rare, medium-rare, or medium are healthier choices than well-done. I have never understood why anybody would want to ruin a good steak by burning it to oblivion anyway. But hey, if you are one of those folks that likes your steaks well-done, just remember that you are eating a lot more carcinogens than a steak that is cooked less, so make sure to load up on your antioxidants (spices, teas, berries, etc) to help combat those extra carcinogens. 

Washing down your barbecued meal with a glass of unsweetened iced tea (rich in antioxidants) and also a good salad with lots of raw veggies can provide the antioxidants needed to counteract the effect of HCAs in your body from grilled meat. 

By the way, even charring vegetables on the grill creates different carcinogens such as acrylamides, so do not think that the negative effect of charring only applies to meats. 

Hey, we all love a great barbecue, so no need to give that up just because of HCAs or acrylamides, but at least now you know how to counteract the effects of these in your body to protect yourself, and also how to use spices to drastically reduce the formation of HCAs on grilled meat! 

Lastly, did you know that the TYPE of meat you may be grilling on a regular basis can be destroying your metabolism and health? 

It is true! 

The truth is that grilling a grass-fed steak, burger, organic chicken breast or thigh, and many other types of meat can not only be one of the healthiest meals to prepare, but also BURN belly fat because of the high protein content, healthy CLA fats, as well as full amino-acid profile, and many other fat-fighting and metabolism boosting qualities of high quality meat... 

However, you really need to pay attention to the type of meat you are purchasing. While many health and medical experts caution the consumption of meats claiming they can "cause heart problems," and many other scare tactics, there are no scientific studies showing this when you are talking about high quality, organic and pasture-raised meats. Most of the negative studies on meat refer to processed meats laden with chemicals, such as hot dogs or lunch meats, but not a good grass-fed steak. 

Animals that are raised in high-population commercial farms are fed mostly corn, corn by-products, and other grains, that completely change the chemistry of the meat you are preparing. 

They turn no otherwise healthy & fat-fighting meal into a health-destroying, inflammatory, fat-GAINING meal. 

So the next time you are at your local butcher or grocery store, make sure to seek out the highest quality pasture raised meats, loaded with more vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. 

Not only will they taste better, but they will also be much better for your waistline and health. 

But the deception does not stop there, because on the next page you are going to discover exactly why to STOP eating foods like whole wheat bread, soy, sugar, certain types of milk & cereals, canola & other vegetable oils, and many other "health" foods...

Click to the next page button below to discover how these foods are destroying your health, causing weight gain, and killing your metabolism. 

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