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Adding Spices To Meat Shown To Reduce Carcinogenic Compounds

May 9, 2011 by  

Adding spices to meat shown to reduce carcinogenic compoundsMany people add chopped rosemary or ground turmeric to their burgers and meatloaf for added flavor. However, research that was led by scientists at Kansas State University reveals that it may also help to reduce levels of harmful heterocyclic amines (HCAs).

HCAs have been known to develop in meat when it is cooked, particularly when done so at high temperatures for an extended period of time. Such compounds have been associated with colorectal, stomach, lung, pancreatic, mammary and prostate cancers.

“Cooked beef tends to develop more HCAs than other kinds of cooked meats, such as pork and chicken,” said lead researcher J. Scott Smith.

The team of scientists tested the effects of cumin, coriander seeds, galangal, fingerroot, rosemary and turmeric on levels of HCAs in ground meat. They found that the latter three spices were the most effective antioxidants, with rosemary coming out on top.

Previously, Smith had found that rosemary extract has the potential to slow the formation of HCAs by 61 percent to 79 percent, while spices found in Thai cooking were about 40 percent effective.

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  • nax777

    Who would have thunk it.

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  • s c

    Woe to lemmings who have been brainwashed by Big Mutha. Figure it out,
    people. When it becomes convenient, Uncle Scam will tell you what to eat, how to prepare it, and how much you can eat [the old fart ALWAYS knows best - HA!].
    Real science has proven that meat that is ‘well done’ (burned) is not safe to eat. It is entirely possible that various spices can help compensate for the bad habits of people who think meat is meat (no matter how it’s prepared). Experiment. Do some research. Travel. Ask questions, and never assume that info dispensed by the government is chiseled in granite. Your health is too valuable to entrust it to bureaucrats. If you don’t care about your health, Big Mutha will find ways to make you pay for it.
    By the way, bend over and smile is never a solution.

  • Protonius

    PROTONIUS HERE AGAIN WITH A CHALIE-BROWN-ISH “AAAAAUUUUGGGHHH!” — I.e., I made a MAJOR typo in my just submitted post! My apologies!

    What I ERRONIOUSLY wrote was this:

    “Obama, according to various widely accepted previous accounts, has been officially dead and gone since at least December of 2001, or thereabouts. So now he’s dead yet again?”

    What I MEANT to instead write was THIS:

    “OBL, according to various widely accepted previous accounts, has been officially dead and gone since at least December of 2001, or thereabouts. So now he’s dead yet again?”

    Big difference!

    Sorry for the error.

    Alo, by the way, sorry that the Dems and Repubs didn’t put up a better choice of candidates than Obama and McCain. But maybe that’s another story.

  • Protonius


    It’s “CHARLIE Brown”, not “CHALIE Brown”. It’s “Also”, not “Alo”.


  • Protonius

    ANOTHER OMIGOD & APOLOGIES! I don’t know what this website is doing to my replies! My 2 above replies were SENT TO and MEANT FOR the article about BIN LADEN — not this article about FOODS!



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