For some Americans, there’s nothing like a well-done steak at their , served sizzling on the platter. Or, a hot burger, fresh off the grill at a backyard barbecue. But, most people have no ideas about how these ‘tasty’ foods can trigger prostate and breast cancer.
In truth, very few realize that eating food cooked at high temperatures – through grilling, broiling, roasting, searing, or frying – exposes the body to , including mutagens and dangerous toxins known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs).
The result is an , , premature aging and a host of other serious health risks associated with oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.
High temperature cooking brings dangerously high health risk
Research has shown the incidence of certain cancers is notably increased in people who eat meat cooked at high temperatures. When raw foods are heated beyond 300 degrees F, chemical changes take place. Those changes damage cells and alter proteins in the body after the food is ingested.
Mutagens are agents that damage human DNA, increasing the risk of serious diseases, including and . Glycation end products are toxins that damage your body’s proteins, leading to loss of functionality and tissue damage – which can foster serious health conditions due to chronic inflammation and oxidative stress. Glycation products are also known to cause weight gain and bring about premature aging.
Warning: Are you eating heavily cooked foods?
Enzymes, hormones, hemoglobin, antibodies, collagen, and neurotransmitters are all examples of critical molecules that can be altered by AGEs, sometimes with devastating effects on your health. While it can be impossible to completely eliminate AGEs from your body, your chosen cooking methods play a pivotal role in how much your body is exposed to mutagens and glycation products. A considerable body of research has shown heavily cooked foods damage genes and threatens health.
A University of Minnesota study found that women who ate by more than 50 percent over those who chose rare or medium done burgers. Similarly, the Iowa Women’s Health Study showed women who consistently ate well-done steak, hamburgers, and bacon had a 4.62-fold increased risk of breast cancer compared to women who consumed these meats cooked rare or medium done.
Men are likewise at risk. A recent study found those who consumed just 1.5 servings or more of processed meat on a weekly basis . The same held true for men consuming one or more servings of grilled red meat or well-done red meat. Given that some men routinely eat high-temperature cooked food almost daily, it is little wonder men suffer with prostate cancer in epidemic numbers as they age.
Cooking foods at high temperatures leads to the formation of gene-mutating chemical compounds known as heterocyclic amines. Heterocyclic amines have been linked to cancer of the prostate, breast, colorectal, esophageal, lung, and liver.