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Is seared meat bad for us?


It depends to what degree you are searing the meat, if you are cooking the meat to the point that it has formed a black crust then the answer is mostly likely yes. It is believed that searing meats at high temperatures over 300f can cause the production of substances known as Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These substances are believed to be carcinogenic and consumption of heavily barbequed and fried meats have been linked with increased incidences of colon, pancreas, prostate. On the flip side there have been studies showing that consuming undercooked and rare meat has been linked to other forms of cancer, as well as the risk of food poisoning. As with most things in life it is about striking a balance. Nobody wants to eat steamed Broccoli and rice everyday. Occasionally consuming seared meat should not be a problem as long the rest of your diet is well balanced.

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