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Diet and Nutrition

'Tis the Season for Grilling

Ways To Reduce Cancer Risk

A landmark report by The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), written by a panel of scientists, concluded that 30-40% of all cancers could be prevented by changing our diet and exercise habits. The recommendations of the AICR report are summarized in the following Diet and Health Guidelines for Cancer Prevention:

Choose a diet rich in a variety of plant-based foods.

Cooking meat, fish, and poultry at high temperatures, especially over an open flame, causes carcinogenic substances called (heterocyclic amines (HCA) to form on the meat's surface. Other cancer-promoting substances called (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons)(PAH) form when fat drips into the fire, causing smoke and flames to reach the food.

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So do we have to sell the grill and never enjoy another Saturday evening of grilling with friends and family? NO! But you can grill more safely by following these tips from the AICR:

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Last Reviewed: Jan 26, 2011

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