Posted by: Clive | 2009-10-01

Braai meat causes cancer?

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A cancer-free braai in (HealthDayNews, updated September 2009)

It is claimed that Braai meat causes cancer.

Could you please refer me to the research that came to this conclusion?


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Dear Clive
If you do a search on the PubMed Website (Google "Pubmed" to find the Website), and type in “barbeque meat and cancer” you may find some of the research papers. The problem with this kind of statement is that there are actually a number of factors that can be potentially carcinogenic in the braaied meat scenario: a) Charred meat was found to contain compounds that are potentially carcinogenic and could, for example, lead to cancer of the stomach; b) High-fat intakes are also associated with cancer-promoting effects; c) Cured or smoked meat is associated with an increased risk of cancer. So there is more than one factor that could possibly lead to cancer if you eat a lot of very fatty meat that has been overcooked to the point of charring. If you eat lean meat that is braaied carefully without charring occasionally then this should not be harmful, esp if you also eat plenty of fresh salads with the braai. Fresh salads and vegetables have a protective effect.
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