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Marinate Steak in Beer, Fight Cancer

Before you get ready to throw your next steak on the barbie, consider adding in an extra step that'll flavor your meat — and possibly improve your health.

According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, marinating steak in beer or red wine reduces the number of cancer-causing compounds in the meat. Cooking food of any kind, and especially frying and grilling meats, increases the level of compounds known as heterocyclic amines (HAs) that cause cancer.

Following the University of Porto study, marinating steak in red wine slashed levels of two types of HAs by up to 90 percent compared to unmarinated steak, and marinating steak in beer reduces levels even more. Have you ever marinated your steak in beer or wine? If not, would this study's results convince you to try it?


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True-Song True-Song 7 years
Wow! That is good to know. I read all about how grilling meat raises your risk of cancer and it made me sooo sad.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I make brisket that I marinate and then braise in beer. It gives the meat a nice flavor and it tenderizes the meat. Never really tried it with steak though.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
I'm curious if it would alter the flavor in a bad way or a good way. Mmmm...curiouser and curiouser.
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 7 years
Wow, interesting. I don't eat steak myself, but how long do you marinate for and what kind of taste does this method offer? I just bought a bunch of steak for my boyfriend and it sounds simple enough for him to do.
emalove emalove 7 years
I don't eat steak, but I will share this with my husband!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I'm usually a "simpler is better" kind of girl when it comes to meat, but I might try this. More for the flavor than for the health benefits, though, to be honest.
mlen mlen 7 years
haha but yea i've used wine before. actually my brother has- i let him grill for me lol but i've never tried beer!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
hiefdishwasher, hahahahahhahaha.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
that's an interesting concept there - i wonder what the value there is. i know that both beverages add flavor to it all, but i didn't know that there was a benefit for your health otherwise.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
I usually marinate myself in beer while I grill...does that count?
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