Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A Possible Link Between the BBQ and Cancer

Okay, I know it's not barbecue season, but this story is relevant anyway. It has to do with how you cook your food and your risk for developing cancer.

First of all, this is nothing new. However, I have found that every time I try and explain this to people, they roll their eyes and tell me I'm an idiot. I may be that. But it's true: the higher the temperature you cook your food at, the worse it can be for you.

That means cooking over an open flame is as risky as it gets. And people hate to hear that, because people love barbecue anything.

So here's the latest bad news, barbecue lovers. According to a study reported by Reuters, "women who favor flame-broiled foods may be at much higher risk for developing breast cancer than women who do not." Worse yet, it doesn't take much. Women who had barbecued food more than twice a month were 74 percent more likely to develop brest cancer.

"Cooking meat at high temperatures in direct heat over an open flame can lead to the production of cancer-causing chemicals known as heterocyclic amines, or HCAs," one researcher told Reuters.

But it's not just the open flame. In general, meat consumption had a negative health effect. Women consuming more than 64 grams per day had a 43 percent higher risk of breast cancer.

Now there is some good news. And it's called aspirin. That's right. Just take a pill with your next flame-broiled feast and you'll be fine. According to the Reuters report, "aspirin completely attenuated the increased risk of breast cancer [from flame-broiled food]."

I can see it now, right there on a bottle of A1 Sauce at the store, a big yellow sticker that says in bold, red writing, "NOW WITH ASPRIN!"

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