With Father’s Day fast approaching, if you’re like me, you’re planning a BBQ dinner to celebrate the day and honor, or remember, your Father or Father-figure in your life.
While BBQing your meat is a fast, easy and tasty way to prepare a meal, there are a few things to be mindful of to keep yourself healthy. Consuming char broiled and well-done meat has been linked to an increased risk in cancer, specifically prostate cancer risk.
Why you ask?
Cooking meat at high temperatures creates chemicals called HCA’s (heterocyclic amines) and PAA’s (polycyclic aromatic hydracarbons). These 2 substances are known carcinogens that can cause changes in DNA and possibly lead to cancer.
No need to panic. You don’t need to give up your favorite BBQ meals just yet as there are several things you can do to minimize the formation of HCA’s in your meat.
Perfect Summertime BBQ Marinade Recipe
1/3 cup coconut sugar (packed) 6 TBSP grapeseed oil or olive oil
4 tbsp apple cider vinegar 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
3 tbsp mustard (grainy) 4 TBSP lemon juice
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and add the meat of your choice; coat all sides. Marinate for a minimum of 10 minutes. You may soak longer to intensify the flavors but research shows that longer marinating times do not increase the anti-cancer benefits.
Remove meat from marinade and place on hot grill. Grill times are different depending on the type of meat you are cooking. Remove meat from grill as soon as it's done and serve with colorful, anti-oxidant rich salads.
In good health,
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