Grilling Meat and Cancer Risk


I came home today smelling meat cooking on the barbecue from the court yard below and all I could think was, “DON’T eat That! It’s carcinogenic!” Did you know? The fact is that when you grill or cook any type of animal protein at very high temperatures, heterocyclic amines (HCAs), a chemical, are formed! It doesn’t matter if it is chicken, steak, fish, pork…so the next time you put in an order for a grilled chicken sandwich or salad, you might want to think twice! The National Cancer Institute says that these chemicals are known to cause cancer in animals, but they are not sure if they cause cancer in humans. Hello! Well, if you’ve ever heard Dr. Barnard speak about it, he would say that if you send any type of grilled meat to the lab, it will contain HCAs. Imagine those grill lines on a piece of chicken! Yes, they contain HCAs.

In my opinion, if it causes cancer in an animal then the chances that it causes cancer in humans are pretty likely! “They” (the National Cancer Institute) are still out to lunch in regards to whether meat causes cancer and that is a tragedy with the way cancer rates are going up! I don’t know about you, but I personally don’t want to wait twenty years for these folks to bring to the table the research that says, “Yes it absolutely does cause cancer in humans too!” This information is likely to upset a bunch of people who love their grilled meat and associate it with being an American and the fourth of July, but so does getting the diagnosis from your doctor telling you, “Sorry to inform you, but you’ve got cancer!”

grilled_chickenGrilled Chicken Contains HCAs

The good news is that if you grill vegetables or a veggie burger that it will be free of these HCAs! Therefore, I urge you to please think twice before you head for that grill! Cancer, as I’m sure you know by now, does not show up overnight…it takes time to grow and is already in each of us! We don’t need to give these nasty cells an all out fiesta on our expense! Again, if you have doubts, read the work of Dr. Barnard or The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell!

grilled-veg1HCA free Veggies

Wishing you much Health and Happiness!

About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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