To marinate meat with beer before grilling reduces risk of cancer
If we needed another excuse to drink beer, now we have it.
A team of researchers from the University of Porto (Portugal ) found that marinating meat with beer, reduces the risk of cancer.
Cooking meat on a grill is a pleasure that almost everyone loves ; however, this process (due to the high temperature at which you cook ) causes the creation of molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs ) found in substances such as oil , coal tar , etc; which damage DNA and increase the risk of developing cancer.
To avoid this big BBQ "concern" , we now have a great solution that will delight all beer lovers.
The team of researchers has discovered that if we marinate the meat with beer, the process of formation of these cancer molecules stops. This happens because the drink is rich in free radicals and these block the creation of HAPs .
During the experiment, scientists marinated pork tenderloin with three different beers: beer without alcohol, low fermentation beer with alcohol and stout.
After grilling, they compared the results of the beer marinated meat versus a piece without marinating (control). They found that cancer molecules were reduced by 53 % in the stout sample, 25% in the non-alcoholic beer and low-fermented beer by 13%.
The study has been published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.