I’ve recently read an article on yahoo! I love the taste of grilled food! I think everything causes cancer these days!

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26 Responses to “Is It True That Grilling Causes Cancer?”

  1. BAnne says:

    Research has shown that high-heat grilling can convert proteins in red meat, pork, poultry and fish into heterocyclic amines, chemicals that have been linked to a number of cancers. Also, the smoke generated when fat and juices drip on the hot coals or rocks can contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, another potential cancer causing chemical. As the smoke rises up past the food it can deposit PAHs on the surface of the meat.
    The aticle goes on to present a number of tips on helping avoid the suspected risks. Of course, most of them involve distancing your grilling from anything remotely resembling grilling such as wrapping up your food in foil, avoiding smoke exposure, and removing all of the fat from meat before cooking.

  2. Absolutely everything causes cancer. Just hope you get it late in life.

  3. Aliz says:

    If you grill it to a black burnt stage that can cause cancer, but other wise it should be OK.

  4. mickey g says:

    just think back to the old days when we had no ovens. how was everything cooked? grilled on open flame. did everyone have cancer back then? no.

  5. mrs sexy pants says:

    yes (then again, what doesn’t these days?!) because of the carbon/coal.

  6. Robb says:

    It isn’t grilling per se, it is the char smoke that is a carcinogen and as it comes up and hits the food on the grill, it attaches ther carcinogen to the food. So, you COULD get cancer from it, but it would take a lot and there is no guarantee you WILL get cancer…
    So if your grill isn’t really smokey, i.e. a lot of fat/oil dripping, there is far less carcinogen being attached to the foodstuff.

  7. Uncle Boo says:

    Yes grilling food can created known carcinogens. Like a lot of things in life enjoying things in moderation is best.
    HCAs, a family of mutagenic and cancer-causing compounds, are produced during the cooking of many animal products, including chicken, beef, pork, and fish. In January of 2005, the federal government officially added HCAs to its list of known carcinogens.

  8. seaturtl says:

    If you avoid all the things that they tell you cause cancer you know what you’ll be eating? Woops nothing!

  9. Baby says:

    true on open charcoal grill and gas grill Foreman-grills are save and healthier

  10. RJD says:

    Actually, charcoal is very good for you. People like to say everything causes cancer. Just a bunch of idiots trying to act important.

  11. jonni_ha says:

    Is Barbecue Good For You?
    While the surgeon general has yet to label briquets with a health warning, it is true that barbecue may be hazardous to your health. A National Cancer Institue study linked lab animal cancers with meat cooked at the high temperatures common on the back yard grill. At greater-than-boiling heat chemicals called heterocyclic aromatic amines form.
    Dubbed HAAS by researchers, these compounds are mutagens, shown to damage the DNA in laboratory-test bacteria, and the mutations may lead to cancer later in life. Richard Adamson of the National Cancer Institute places the risk from HAAS somewhere between the well-documented damage caused by alcohol and the possible danger of drinking chlorinated tap water. In other words, the risk is a calculated one, the same chance we take every day by driving (far more dangerous) or eating sushi (slightly more dangerous).
    Other potential carcinogens are formed by dripping fat. The tantalizing aroma wafting from the grill carries poynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. And the smoke itself may contribute to lung damage.
    There are a couple of strategies to reduce the risks. Drink dark beer. Japanese researchers, in an article published in the January 1999 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (pretty standard reading for bbq lovers), showed that the 24 beers they tested showed “potent inhibitory effect” against mutagens found in several types of HAAS. Dark beer worked best.
    Use cooler burning fuels-briquets or hardwood charcoal instead of mesquite. Bank the fire onto the sides of the barbecue and place a drip pan under the cooking meat to keep the fat out of the fire. Don’t allow meat to become heavily charred, since the carcinogens concenetrate in the blackened portions. Or grill only vegetables.
    In the end, every lover of barbecue must weigh the risks and make their own decision. Keep this in mind, though: You’re more likely to be hit by a bus than die from barbecue.

  12. If you read the right article breathing can cause cancer!

  13. Too Blessed To Be Stressed! says:

    Where oh where did my little dog go? Oh where oh where could he be?
    Anyways, what do you think about the microwave then and the cell phone and even the computer screen you’re staring at?
    They are all reported to cause something.
    Don’t live life in fear.

  14. kim says:

    read that grill or barbecue will but if u eat to live then go on!

  15. red f says:

    yes grilling such as a barbeque can be very hazordous, the charcol when burnt releases carbon monoxide very dealt to your lungs and inhaling a lot of it will lead to lung cancer possibly another awful sickness. But try not to inhale it, hope this answered your question

  16. safety says:

    I agree, pretty much everything now causes cancer. Even too much vitamin C can cause it. Bottled water, too much sex, lack of sex, red meat… the list goes on. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. The way I figure – being alive is your greatest risk of getting cancer.

  17. don’t pay attention to everything you read.

  18. elisayn says:

    No. They say alot of things.Some may be so but I worked for the cancer society and it’s a drastic change in chemistry in our body or stress, smoking more likely than food. But in every disease, a healthy diet
    should be followed, fruits and vegetables, not alot of fatty foods, chicken is good and fish. Im going on and on. So don’t worry about grilling. bettyk

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  20. RBRN says:

    No. Grilling doesn’t cause cancer. Several years ago it was reported that CHARCOAL used in grilling was thought to be a carcinogen. Nothing has ever been proven regarding that fact. You would have to consume an enormous amount of charcoal grilled food regularly for it to be a problem.

  21. tottpaul says:

    Grilled food is delicious, and if you offset the meat so it doesn’t cook directly over the heat, it’s much safer.
    Just don’t eat burnt grilled meat every single day, and you’ll be just fine.
    Moderation in all things, including moderation, I say!

  22. Mel says:

    It’s bad for you when you burn meat, particularly beef. The black stuff in burned beef contains a carcinogen. More specifically, it contains a very flat molecule which can physically knock out some of your genes. If your body doesn’t repair the genes and the messed up genes govern cell growth/division then you can get cancer. It’s my impression that if you cut off the burned part of your beef you should be fine. Also, keep in mind that with age you body becomes less capable of repairing your genes, so eating burned beef would be much worse for an elderly person than for a child.

  23. BuschWha says:

    If you didn’t do all the things that studies show caused cancer, you’d have to lock yourself up in your attic, wrapped in a plastic bubble, feeding you filtered air.

  24. eh, f*ck it. grilling isn’t that bad for you..
    ..life causes cancer

  25. issa says:

    i dont think so, on the contrary ithink it is safer

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