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Dark beer-based marinade lowers carcinogen levels, makes barbecue grilled meat healthier, study finds

What makes grilling healthier? Smaller cuts, lower heats — and beer? That's right: Beer... the beverage of choice for backyard barbecues, can help reduce the level of carcinogens in cooked meat if you marinade the meat in it before cooking, a new study has found.

What makes grilling healthier? Smaller cuts, lower heats — and beer? That’s right: Beer… the beverage of choice for backyard barbecues, can help reduce the level of carcinogens in cooked meat if you marinade the meat in it before cooking, a new study has found.

Beer makes every barbecue better? You bet it does. But better for your body, too? Sure, why not?

Before you wash that thick, juicy steak down with your favourite craft lager or ale this spring and summer, consider dunking the meat in a seasoning concoction that includes said ale or lager. Why? Simple: a new study released earlier this spring suggests that beer-based marinades help reduce the formation of potentially harmful substances in grilled meats. The study appeared in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in March.

Researchers (those lucky scientists) tested out three examples: grilled samples of pork marinated for four hours in Pilsner beer, non-alcoholic Pilsner beer or a black ale, cooking their samples to well-done on a charcoal grill. OK, those are extreme conditions (who cooks meat on the ‘cue to “well done?) but the results they found at the beer bath limiting the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which form when meat is cooked at high temperatures, were very encouraging. PAHs are linked to a higher incidence of colorectal cancer, and are also common in car exhaust and cigarette smoke.

The black ale had the most pronounced effects, “reducing the levels of eight major PAHs by more than half compared with unmarinated pork.”

It’s been known for some time that beer, wine or tea marinades help reduce potential carcinogen levels in cooked meat, but little was known about how different beer marinades affect PAH levels, until now.

“The intake of beer marinated meat can be a suitable mitigation strategy” against the harmful PAH compounds, researchers said.

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