Protection against cancer from the grill
In general, the longer the cooking time and higher the heat, the more HCAs. Grilling causes the most, followed by pan-frying and broiling. Baking, poaching, stir-frying and stewing produce the least.
Based on work by UC Davis Cancer Center research program members Jim Felton, Garrett Keating and Mark Knize, here are suggestions for limiting HCAs:
Before grilling, partially cook meat in the microwave, then discard the juices that collect in the cooking dish. Finish on the grill to preferred doneness. Pre-cooking a hamburger for a few minutes in the microwave removes up to 95 percent of HCAs.
Flip burgers often. Turning patties once a minute reduces HCA formation by up to 100 percent, probably by keeping internal meat temperatures lower.
Marinate before grilling. A Livermore study showed that marinating chicken for 40 minutes with a mixture of brown sugar, olive oil, cider vinegar, garlic, mustard, lemon juice and salt cut HCAs by 92 to 99 percent.
Use a meat thermometer. Cook poultry to an internal temperature of 165Â° to 180Â° F., ground beef, pork and lamb to between 160Â° and 170Â°, and beef steaks and roasts to 145Â° to 160Â°. Don't cook meat to "well done."
Eat cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and brussels sprouts, one or two days before you barbecue. All contain compounds that activate enzymes in our bodies that detoxify HCAs.
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