Healthy grilling tips for braais

Enjoy outdoor cooking while keeping cancer risk to a minimum. Here’s how.

For many people, summer just wouldn’t be the same without a braai. However, the blackened meats and smoky flavour that come with grilling could put your health at risk, experts caution.

The good news, though, is that by planning ahead and making some smart choices, you can enjoy summer braais and reduce your exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.

High-heat grilling can convert proteins found in red meat, pork, poultry and fish into heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These chemicals have been linked to breast, stomach, prostate and colon cancer.

“What happens is that the high temperature can change the shape of the protein structure in the meat, so that it becomes irritating in the body and is considered a carcinogenic chemical,” Stacy Kennedy, a nutritionist at the US Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said in a news release….

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