Grilling can be a healthy way to enjoy food. But when meat, poultry, or fish are grilled at high temperatures, chemicals known as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are produced. Research shows that these may pose a cancer risk.
But there’s no need to put away the grill! Follow these easy tips to help minimize risk.
- Burn off any residue on the grill grates both before and after grilling by scrubbing it away with a stiff-bristled grill brush.
- Choose lean meat cuts and trim excess fat. Cook large cuts slowly and at a lower temperature.
- Use marinades. They can decrease HCA formation by more than 90 percent. Some of the ingredients in marinades even act as protective antioxidants.